Dangaya and Punchi Andare at the Lionel Wendt
Prof Ediriweera Sarachchandra’s youngest daughter Yashodhara
Sarachchandra and Kusumsiri Liyanaarachchi’s latest theatrical
experience Dangaya and Punchi Andare commenced production in Colombo.
These two children’s plays were created by Yashodhara and Kusumsiri
whilst in Australia and has been performed many times to Australian
audiences. Their intention to share this theatrical experience with Sri
Lankan audiences of children and adults alike is the main reason behind
the current production.
Yashodhara is currently following the Doctoral research programme at
the La Trobe University in Melbourne. She played the role of Maname
Queen in Prof Sarachchandra’s Maname for over thirteen years. With
several national awards to her name, Yashodhara has been actively
involved in professional Sinhala theatre for the past thirty one years.
Her husband Kusumsiri Liyanaarachchi was awarded Best Play, Direction
and script for his play Okkomalla Kollakala at the 1996 State Children’s
Drama Festival. He also received Best play, Direction and Script for his
play “Sapathni” at the 1999 State Drama festival short play category.
Dangaya and Punchi Andare will be first staged on November 5 and 6 at
3.30 and 6.45 pm at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.
This will be a Theatre experience that can be enjoyed both by
children and adults equally. The objective of the plays is to cultivate
a healthy appreciation for drama among young audiences.
At a time when notions of children’s plays are limited to children
alone, Dangaya and Punchi Andare will be a fresh breath of air as both
plays can be enjoyed by young and old alike. Both plays have been made
enhanced with colourful costumes, pleasant music and vivid choreography.
It is sure to be an enjoyable experience for the whole family.
Dangaya and Punchi Andare is a theatre experience that encourages the
whole family to participate.
The actors include Sunil Thilakaratne, Jayanath Bandara, Pradeep
Ramavikrama, Pramila Samarakoon, Kalum Kalhari Gamlath, Madhuranga Sri
Lal, Nadeesha Sandamali, Ruchira Sooriarachchi, Himashi Vithanage,
Nadeeka Kumudu Kumari, Vishva Thilakaratne, Randika Chathurani,
Sachithri Athukorala, Devinda Wickramasinghe, Akalanka Prabhashwara,
Dulanjan Dissanayake, Sachithra Karunaratne, Lakshmi Dissanayake,
Chaminda Mirihalla, Manisha Dukgannarala, Dinushi Vithanage and Darshana
Ubeysekara. Stage management is by Himashi Vithanage and Darshana
Ubeysekara, Make-up is by Vishwa Thilakaratne.
Dangaya and Punchi Andare scripts are by Kusumsiri Liyanaarachchi,
music compositions by Yashodhara Sarachchandra and music direction by