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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Directed by Priyankara Ratnayake and produced by Lal Handapangoda, A midsummer night’s dream (Premawantha Kumarayo), a play by Shakespeare is brought to stage this month. The Sinhala version of this play is one-of-a kind, so do not miss to watch it!