The Colombo International Theatre Festival 2018

A colourful line-up of creative plays felicitating Dharmasiri Bandaranayake. Here are the international plays that will be held across the world including India, Austria and Italy.
Colombo International Theatre Festival
By Darrshini |

The Diary of a Madman                   

 “The Diary of a Madman” was read as an ironic attack on traditional Chinese culture, and is seen as a call for New Culture. The character “Madman” who has supposedly been cured of his paranoia, presents his thoughts and understandings of the world around him as entries in his diary. After living in confusion for thirty years, his sudden Lunar Spiritual enlightenment is documented in thirteen fragments of his diary. After an extensive study of confusion culture, his confusion gives way to Paranoia, as he starts seeing the words “Eat People” between the lines. As he discovers his brother’s and mother’s plans for eating him, he simultaneously realizes his unwitting involvement in eating his sister’s flesh. The play ends with the “Madman’s” desperate cry “Save The Children”. The Diary of a Madman” exposes the ubiquity of cannibalistic nature of four thousand years of Chinese history and how everyone is an accomplice in the game of eating and being eaten.

25th May 2018              

By Joy Maisnam                                          

India - Bilingual with English sub-titles  


One day a Lady with a veil over her face comes to his bungalow and asks him to perform an abortion. She will give a lot of money in order to make the doctor to keep his mouth shut. The doctor gets passionate after the Lady. Her insistence to "buy" the doctor creates a tension situation. The doctor responds “not for the money but I will not do that thing”. The Lady has no other choice and leaves. The doctor cannot forgive himself for the decision he took. He tries to meet the Lady again to provide a free assistance. He understands that her husband, for a long time has been away and now he is about to come back. The child is not his and the time is very short. The doctor finds a way to send a message to the Lady and offers her, his help. He insists that if she does not respond, he would kill himself. The Lady gets back to the doctor. He arrives in an unclean and poor building. But when the doctor arrived it was too late...

26th May                                                                        

By Elmaze Nura                                           

Kosovo  - Albanian with English Subtitles

Mimdo's Call

It is clear that every living organism needs to be seen, to be heard, to be looked after and to be cared for no matter its gender, age, race and species. The theme of our play is based on this idea. The play expresses Mimdo’s story of existence in a non-verbal and humorous style, who does not have any particular skills, and hence being nearly unrecognizable, or worse being ignored by others.

26th May 2018

By Fatma Keceil

Turkey-Non Verbal (Mime)

Du gingst fort (You went away)

How can anyone leave their home – the Rabtal! What makes the temptations of urban life so strong? And what might persuade one to move back? Rural depopulation represents an existential problem for the provinces. Finding a way to deal with it is not only a matter of infrastructure planning but a personal one, both for those who have moved away and the others left behind. With their familiar edgy charm the Rabtaldirndln use an ‘Austria’s Most Wanted’ format to track down those who have left, look for answers on a case-by-case basis and make an effort to fill the gaps which have been left behind. The Rabtaldirndln use a lot of humour in what is a very serious examination of those who have left home to look for happiness in the city. The role of women in both rural and urban society is of particular interest.

27th May 2018

By Ed. Hauswirth

Austria-German with English subtitles 

Leaving Ziller Valley

A reflection about modern - day solitude Leaving Ziller Valley tells the story of the young Tyrolean manager Elizabeth. Alienated and lost from jet-setting between high-end hotels from Paris to Shangai, she decides to stay in New York. Maybe in this city full of dreamers, she can find what she is looking for: a place that she can call home and where she can ultimately find herself. “Leaving Ziller Valley revolves around the German conceptual term "Heimat" (plainly defined as the relationship one may have to a particular place) and explores its meaning through a dramatic, vibrant and energetic theatrical presentation. The performance also displays a personal quest for identity, emotional security, and a sense of belonging and purpose, away from the comfort of one's home. It shows how relativity comes with a term or a word being understood differently across regions, and how several elements beyond physical or special environment constitute "home".

27th May

By Reinhard Gober

Austria- English

Mandrágora Circus

Mandragora Circusis a wordless theatre performance in which two clowns tell a story of comedy and love where dialog and thoughts are understood without words. Circus stunts, music and unconventional instruments weave the acts of this performance together to allow the audience to imagine situations, conflicts and solutions. The show is delicate, with a touch of comedy, and an attractive story which can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages where circus becomes poetry.

28th May 2018

By Juan Cruz Bracamonte

Argentina-Non Verbal

Etheror Irika Ethereal Epoch

Time and tide wait for none. We all are engaged in a race of life. The contemporary socio-political and economic scenarios of the world push us to run. We forget when and where we started our race… we are just running and running…Time lashes on everyone’s back. Bruises become visible and gradually increase. But there is no escape from running. We want to achieve but at the cost of running. This is not just a precondition but the order of time…

28th May 2018

By Mrinal Jyoti Goswami

India- English and Assamese


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