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'Elected' through racism

'Elected', a forum theatre based on an election campaign at a private university, shows Mohan Raj and Mihiri Jayasooriya in a heated election campaign to win the Student Council Presidency.

Trying to outdo the other, in an attempt to win the most number of votes, they engage in an intense campaign. Mohan, a Tamil student initially seems the likely candidate to win. However, with Mihiri's cunning campaign tactics, the chances seem slightly dim. What will happen? Will Mohan be able to win or will Mihiri ultimately win the Council Presidency?

Forum Theatre (FT) was introduced by Augusto Boal in the late twentieth century, as a part of his "Theatre for the Oppressed". This form of theatre allows the audience to stop, intervene and ultimately change the course of the drama, in an attempt to curb the resulting tragic ending.

Presented by Beyond Borders, a youth led, not for profit organization, 'Elected' will focus on the issues of racism in governance with the university atmosphere. Beyond Borders uses Forum Theatre as a means to highlight deep rooted sensitive issues within society. Previous productions of Beyond Borders include 'Censored' and most recently 'Jerk?'.

The Forum Theatre will be staged at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, on the May 22 from 5pm.

For more information log on to http://beyondborders.lk/ft

 

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