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Colombo Colombo, Dangaya and Punchi Andare and Kuweni at the Lionel Wendt

Dangaya and Punchi Andare

Colombo Colombo


Indika Ferdinando's Colombo Colombo which received seven awards including best play of the year at the National Theatre Festival 2010 and Henry Jayasena's award winning play Kuweni which is to be brought back to the stage as a new production directed by Samudra Jeewani Karunananda will be staged on Friday (March 23) and Sunday (March 25) respectively at the Lionel Wendt theatre, Colombo 7 at 3.30 pm and 7 pm.

Colombo Colombo was the representative of Sri Lanka at the South asian Women's Theatre Festival 2010 and also at the Kathmandu International Theatre Festival 2010.

Ferdinando won the best playwright and the best director at the National Theatre Festival while Anuasuya Subasinghereceived the award for best performance - female. The play also clinched best music composition, best choreography and best stage management.

This tragic comic musical play is fast paced, theatrical and bursting with energyand constantly attempts to tap into the imagination of the audience to create an exciting theatre experience.

Kuweni has been hailed by critics as well as theatre - goers as a milestone production which brought a new stylistic trend in theatre. Kuweni won almost all the awards in the stylized section of the National Drama Festival in 1963.

The new production is to be premiered under the direction of Samudra Jeewani Karunananda who is a bright product of the University of Aesthetic studies. The original music of award winner H.H. Bandara will be directed in the new production by Gayanath Nalaka Dahanayake. Make up is by Chaminda Lakmal and the lighting will be by Upali Weerasinghe.

The new production is a joint effort by the University of Aesthetic studies and Nirmala Prakashana.The chief organizer of the new production will be Jude Srimal.

Dangaya and Punchi Andare will be staged on Saturday (March 24) at the Lionel Wendt theatre at 3.30 pm and 6.45 pm. 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. The main organizer for the production is Jude Srimal.

Tickets are available at the Lionel Wendt theatre. (All seats have been boxplanned)


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