Set in a reserve forest in Rajasthan, India, Night's End unfolds the story of Krishnan Nair. Born into a family of Kathakali artistes and trained in the art from childhood, Krishnan runs away from his native village in Kerala, and becomes a forest guard in a tiger sanctuary. In moments of emotional intensity, the Kathakali artiste in him finds solace dancing.
The plot moves through his attempts to enlist the help of the tiger hunting Mogiya tribals to save the tiger, his friendship with Billu Mogiya the drummer, his romance with the tribal woman Chandni Mogiya, and his encounters with the poaching mafia.
Night's End is a tale of betrayal, abandonment and loss in which the actions of humans —indigenous peoples, settlers, tourists, the state, the media—powerfully affect the fragile eco-system we inhabit.
Night's End is also a love story.
“Location, imagination, technique were completely new. Inventiveness was visible in sets, backscore and direction. Powerful enactment made the spectator experience the full sweep of emotions”
Dinamani, Chennai (Indian Express Group), Dec 2012
“An Indian English play of international class, plunging us into speculation”
Seetha Ravi, Kalki magazine, 30 December 2012
“JustUs, one of India's few companies committed to providing a different stage experience. Night's End proved yet again how Ramnarayan specializes in exploring important subjects that dramatists rarely take up.”
The Telegraph, December 2013
“It's a fascinating tale of love, betrayal and loss in the backdrop of the wild - an exceptional story of a man's search for redemption through a valiant attempt to save the tiger and the fragile ecosystem of the forest. Night's End...nature and man merge to create a unique symphony of love and passion.”
Times of India, November 2013