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Time Out theatre guide: what's on this month

The best of Sri Lankan theatre

Visiting Sri Lanka this month? Here's our hand-picked selection of this month's best stage plays. Save the date and join in with the fun.

“Aluth Sambandhayak” and “Blood Wedding”

Two short plays directed by Susitha Indika will be staged at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre. “Aluth Sambandhayak” is the story about Prof Livera who lives alone and delights in creating trouble among his neighbours. “Blood Wedding” is the story about a young man called Marlon and his lover Iresha. On the day of their wedding, Iresha is discovered to be missing.

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Namel Malini Punchi Theatre , Colombo 8 Friday May 5 2017

“Creative Activities for children”

Somalatha Subasinghe Play House hosts “Creative Activities for Children” programme every Saturday. Conducted by Kaushalya Fernando, Dr Chandana Aluthge and Mayura Perera, the objective of the programme is to develop children’s mental and physical wellbeing and to improve happiness, artistic tastes, and creativity through aesthetic experiences.

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Lion’s Club Activity Centre Saturday May 6 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017

Hankithi Dhathuna

Also known as ‘The Thirteen Tickles’, the story is highly entertaining yet controversial featuring Sriyantha Mendis, Kusum Renu, Jayalal Rohana, Wasantha Vittachchi, Sanjeewa Dissanayake in the lead roles. The play is directed by Jayantha Chandrasiri.

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Town Hall , Panadura Sunday May 7 2017


Socrates is the latest play to be brought forth by the 80 Group, who were instrumental in bringing Sri Lankan theatre some exceptional dramatic creations. Professor Sunanda Mahendra wrote the self-directed drama by Nimal Ekanayake. Produced by Professor Ashu Marasinghe the drama features many popular actors and actresses such as Jayalath Manorathna, Chandani Seneviratne, Nissanka Diddeniya, Jayalal Rohana, Wasantha Vitachchi, Prasannajith Abesuriya, Lal Kularathna, Susil Wickremesinghe, Sanjeeva Dissanayake and Nuwan Liyanage.  This drama will surely be a unique play with much philosophical thinking and talent behind it. To recreate and applaud the ancient Greek theatre, Nawarathne Gamage helps in music creation, Professor Lionel Bentharage in designing background props and Saman Kabral helps by being the Production Manager.

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Auditorium of Matugama , Matugama Sunday May 14 2017


A Lalitha Sarachchandra’s production, this is the Sinhala adaptation of a Sanskrit Play about a Queen, named, Rathnavali and King Udayana. This popular play is also one of the most renowned testaments to Prof Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s theatrical talent. 

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Kuliyapitiya Municipal Council Friday May 19 2017

Dikthala Kalagola

Directed by Punyasena Gunasinghe, Dhikthala Kaalagola comes to stage by popular demand. The drama features Richard Maanamudali, Jayanath Bandara, Thushari Gunarathne, Isuru Weerasinghe, Saman Nishantha Gunasinghe and more. 

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Lionel Wendt Art Centre , Colombo 7 Friday May 26 2017

361 (Thunsiya Heta Eka)

A stage-play, featuring Dr Jayalath Manoratne and Jayani Senanayake as the play’s protagonists, this is a political satire which focuses on the comical and absurd start to which Sri Lankan politics has arrived. 

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Lionel Wendt Art Centre , Colombo 7 Saturday May 27 2017

Charitha Atak

Wilson Gunaratne, a popular TV comedian directed Charitha Atak, which features a solo performance of himself portraying eight challenging characters. It focuses on politics and politicians. It provides entertainment for the whole family, with Gunaratne takes efforts to give life to eight challenging characters.

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Tower Hall , Maradana Saturday May 27 2017

Charitha Horu Aran

Charithe Horu Aran – ‘comedy of darkness’ is one of Ravindra Ariyarathne’s productions. The play features artists, by Kumara Thirimadura, Gihan Fernando, Sarath Kothalawala, Chamila Peris and Ferni Roshini. Although staged many times, it is still appreciated amongst theatre goers.

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Lionel Wendt Art Centre , Colombo 7 Sunday May 28 2017

Janatha Drohiya

Janatha Drohiya is a Sinhala adaption of a Norwegian play (En Folkefiende – An Enemy of the People) written by Henrik Ibsen and directed by Nihal Suranji. It is the story of a doctor who is branded an enemy of the people because he has revealed the pollution of the baths in his town which are a tourist-puller.

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Namel Malini Punchi Theatre , Colombo 8 Sunday May 28 2017