Theatre for the young
Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) will present
Colombo Theatre Festival for Young Adults 2010 for the fifth time under
the theme of ‘Theatre for Education and Reconciliation’.
Sanda Langa Maranaya
The LCYTF, or better known as Play House Kotte, was established as a
voluntary organization in 1981 by Somalatha Subasinghe with a view to
promote in particular children’s and youth theatre and mainstream
theatre in Sri Lanka.
The objective of the Colombo Theatre Festival for Young Adults is to
provide a platform in particular for young theatre directors to showcase
their productions in particular to the youth generation to enhance their
awareness on modern theatre Arts. On the other hand, the festival will
also be a valuable opportunity for the public to experience theatre with
meaningful entertainment both in the categories of original creations
and adaptations from the international theatre.
Festival organizers are presenting three stage plays for this year’s
festival. They are Vikurthi (Distortion) by Somalatha Subasinghe,
Gladiator Premaya (Gladiator Love) by Namal Jayasinghe and Prasanna
Mahagamage and Sanda Langa Maranaya (Blood Wedding) by Kaushalya
Fernando. Sanda Langa Maranaya adjudged the Best Play of the year at the
National Drama Festival 2005. Vikurthi has been one of the most popular
stage plays in produced in early 1980s and Gladiator Premaya is the
latest theatrical endeavor by the Play House Kotte. It was acclaimed by
theatre critiques. All plays are with deep-insights into the
socio-cultural issues faced particularly by the youth.
The organizers of the festival wish to inform the public that the
tickets are priced at affordable rates with very generous assistance
provided by HNB Assurance PLC.
Vikurthi is a satirical exposure of hapless generation of youth whose
lives were dominated by incessant struggle between the parents’
aspirations and the youth’s abilities and preferences. In the 1980’s, at
the time the drama was conceived, the widespread social tendency was
that the aspiring parents trying to achieve the missed opportunities of
their own lives through their children.
Scene from Vikurthi
Consequently the children were forced to study for competitive
government examinations specifically in the science Stream disregarding
their aptitudes and available resources at respective schools and the
universities. The play discusses in depth how this anti-social process
denied youth of their own life, which in turn deeply affects them in
many ways. The production is a semi-musical which is a familiar
theatrical experience to the local audiences.
The professional theatre group of the Play House Kotte has performed
Vikurhti in English in major cities of India and Australia in 2000. The
play is received well by the foreign audiences.
Vikurthi cast includes Kaushalya Fernando, Namal Jayasinghe,
Prasannajith Abeysuriya, Geetha Alahakoon, Mayura Kanchana, Pujitha de
Mel, Sanjaya Hettiarachchi, Nimmi Priyadharshini, Wickrama Seneviratne,
Sulochana Weerasinghe, Dilum Buddhika Perera and a number of newcomers
to the national theatre groomed at Play House Kotte.
The play is written and directed by Somalatha Subasinghe. M R
Chulasinghe composed music for the play. Choreography is by Somalatha
Subasinghe and Chandana Aluthge. Stage lighting is by Chandana Aluthge
and make-up is by Priyantha Disanayake.
Gladiator Premaya (Gladiator Love) is created by the youth theatre
artistes who have successfully completed the Diploma Program in Drama
and Theatre conducted by Kaushalya Fernando in 2009. The Diploma program
entails all round training such as acting, script writing and analysis,
directing, movement and vocal training.
Over 25 years, the LCYTF has been training numerous talented youth
who are at present engaged in the work of both theatre and film industry
at professional level in Sri Lanka. Gladiator Premaya was premiered in
January 2010 at Lumbini.
The story line and the script of the play have been developed by the
young theatre artistes, who have completed the training in Drama and
Theatre arts at LCYTF. Development of the script was done under the
supervision of Namal Jayasinghe. Namal was the chief resource person of
the scriptwriting and analysis section of the diploma program.
Scene from Vikurthi
Gladiator Premaya is based on certain Sri Lankan contemporary social
issues. They are dramatized on stage to bring forth the youth point of
view of the issues.
The play is co-directed by Prasanna Mahagamage and Namal Jayasinghe.
Prasanna works with Kaushalya on Acting, Directing and Movements
sections of the diploma program.
Both Namal and Prasanna joined Play House Kotte in 1997 and obtained
their training in theatre arts at LCYTF.
Gladiator Premaya cast includes Wishvajith Gunasekera, Sampath
Chaminda Jayaweera, Priyantha Siri Kumara, Kalana Gunasekera, Nadishani
Weliwita, Harsha Thennekoon, Sulochana weerasinghe, Nadishani Padmasiri,
Geetha Alahakoon, Mayura Kanchana, Nilanka Dahanayake, Dilip Kumara.
Costume Designed by Namal Jayasighe and Prasanna Mahagamage, Stage sets
designed by Namal Jayasighe and Prasanna Mahagamage, Stage Lighting
designed by Chandana Aluthge, Stage management is by Isuru Kashyapa and
Lahiru Nimantha. Production Manager is Thilina Perera. Make-up is by
The play is co-directed by prasanna Mahagamage and Namal Jayasinghe.
Kaushalya Fernando and Chandana Aluthge are executive producers of the
Sanda Langa Maranaya is the Sinhala version of Garcia Lorca’s Blood
Wedding. Blood Wedding, one of the famous trilogy based upon Spanish
society, written by Federico Garcia Lorca in response to a news paper
article concerning a local murder in rural Spain. The story of the play
is a triangle of passionate love among a bridegroom, a married man, and
a young bride.
The play basically is a tragedy of missed love, focusing certain
universal themes such as extremism, intolerance, and inflexibility in
society which makes it relevant for all times.
The production is a semi-musical-surrealistic-type which is a
familiar theatrical experience to the local audiences. The choreographed
movements, music and rhythm, and vivid lighting and colours in addition
to very intense acting on stage impart an entertaining yet intense
Sanda Langa Maranaya was adjudged the best play of the year at
National Drama Festival in 2005. It won eight awards in total at the
festival for different categories.
Sanda Langa Maranaya cast includes Kaushalya Fernando, Sampatha
Chaminda Jayaweera, Lucian Bulathsinghala, Sulochana Weerasinghe, Mayura
Kanchana, Nadee Kammallaweera, Lakmini Seneviratne, Sanjaya
Hettiarachchi, Pramode Edirisinghe, Nayomi Gunasiri, Palitha Abeyratne,
Geetha Alahakoon, Dinuki de Silva, Dasun Pathirana and a number of new
comers to the national theatre groomed at Play House-Kotte.
Nadeeka Guruge composed music for the play. Choreography and stage
lighting are by Chandana Aluthge. Stage sets and properties are by Namal
Jayasinghe while make-up is by Priyantha Disanayake. Stage management is
by Aruna Jayasena.