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Wednesday, 27 July 2011



Let's make a play

Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as Play House-Kotte commences its latest programme for children Let's Make Play (A Drama Workshop through which children create a play at the end of the programme) during school vacation in August 2011.

Rehearsals of LCYTF

Drama, by its very nature, requires that the child be put into circumstances, physically, mentally and emotionally that are outside their understanding of how things should be. This helps them to grow as a person. By encouraging drama for children, the children obtain some enormous personal benefits that will stay with them long into adulthood. So, Let's Make a Play programme would certainly be a different and fulfilling way for your child to spend his or her school vacation in August.

Lanka Children's and Youth Theatre Foundation was founded by Somalatha Subasinghe, the veteran playwright, actress and theatre director, in 1981 to promote theatre productions and performances specifically for children and youth, training of actors, and research on theatre studies. This organisation presently is the top most institution for children's and youth theatre productions in Sri Lanka. Since 1981 the organisation has produced a repertoire of mainly musical theatre for children and youth and mainstream art theatre productions and performed them in the island as well as abroad. This institution was incorporated in the parliament in January 2007 under the Act No 3 of 2007.

Children from ages seven to 15 can take part in the programme. The programme gives the child the opportunity to learn and enjoy the basic elements in drama and theatre such as acting, script writing, directing, making music, making costumes, making stage sets and properties, etc using available resources. The prime objective of the programme is to develop child's mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense of the child through drama and theatre.



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