Chaos in the city
Aponsu brings new drama after 10 years:
What would happen if the highly appealing comedian of the era
Jayasekara Aponsu, is reborn as a rural farmer and visits the city?
Whatever incidents that take place, one thing is for sure - the action
is sure to keep you rolling in your seats with laughter.
That is exactly a dose of what awaits you as Aponsu’s latest stage
play, Kira, takes to the stage at Elphinstone Theatre on July 5 at 7
p.m. The comedy play follows
The cast of Kira
after a 10 year lapse after his last production This Deka
(Thirty-Two). Meanwhile his highly successful stage drama Thatu is still
showing at theatres island-wide.
“The story centers on Kiribanda, a villager, who ventures to the
city. He is awestruck by the glitz and glamour and the ‘strange’ habits
and lifestyle of the city dwellers. Though he was bewildered at first he
gradually picks up some of the traditions and tries to become a part of
the city community.
However his happiness is short lived as he realizes the value of
village life,” Aponsu explained on the theme behind his latest stage
The cast is lead by Aponsu who also wrote the script of the play.
Students of his art educational academy, Shilpa Kala Guru Sevana will
take on the rest of the roles. Mahinda Karunaratne, Rukshi Gamage, Anura
Perera, Dilini Niroshika, Ranjith Ruwanwella, Wasantha Kasthuriarachchi,
Gayan Mapalagama, Nihal Bandara, Lakshman Fernando, Keerthji de Silva,
Saman Himbuta, Nayanathara Upananda, Nadeeka Hettiarachchi and Premila
Madhushani play significant roles in Kira which includes a musical
number, the twisted version of Sunil Shantha’s Handapane, to evoke irony
against the once popular trend of songs being rapped with slightly
“This trend caused great harm to the local music scene and its
popularity was short lived as it had noting of value to offer to the
public. However it is a pity that such useless trends emerge and gain
popularity even for a few days. Kira is a slight against such trends
embedded in the city.
It shows that modernization does not necessarily mean a better means
of living,” he said. The music is by Jayantha Rathnayake and Wasantha
Dukkganarala had penned the lyrics. Make up is by Gamini Costa and Siril
Gamage is in charge of the sound effects.
Speaking to Daily News ‘Art and Soul’ on launching a drama after 10
years, the gifted actor cum director noted, “We are established in this
sector so there is already an audience who are vying to watch our
“Problems arouse in bringing them into theatre when the security
situation in the country was not healthy. As terrorism is eliminated the
path for art to prosper seems clear. People are eager for
A scene from the play
Speaking about the technological side of the stage production he said
that the lighting techniques differ from his past productions.
Aponsu said, “I have my own style in making a stage play and
theatergoers are familiar with the technique. I serve my messages
through this method and there is always something that triggers your
mind once you have enjoyed the play.”
Focusing on the point of taking his creations to areas across the
country, the seasoned actor said that issues arise in transportation.
“We are compelled to price tickets at a higher rate as transportation
costs a lot of money. If the authorities and Government take note of
this fact and provide a relief scheme, I am sure we would be able to
stage the show at a lower rate. The public close to villages are
especially eager to see stage plays but it is a pity that most of the
halls lack even the minute facilities. They are in dire need of
renovation,” he said.
He had also directed and penned the script of a comedy series named
‘Madam Shoba’ which is waiting for a small screen slot. Here again he
plays the role of a hostel matron though, he says, that the character is
quite different from the one he portrays in Thatu.
“Girls from wealthy families whose parents are abroad have been left
under Madame Shoba’s care. These girls are full of mischief and Madame
Shoba is unknowingly roped into their schemes,” he added while stating
that the series is produced by Rashhmi Sneha.