bard busters return
hurriedly convened media briefing, from their international offices
in Paris, the members of StageFright&Panic announced a repeat
performance of their alleged smash hit comedy of 2001, the Compleat
Wrks of Wllm Shkspr.
lovers were shocked to hear of the return of the notorious bard
busters whose exploits at the Lionel Wendt Theatre in Colombo last
September, revolted audiences and earned them no less than nine
their plans further, Anuruddha Fernando aka Big Momma, said, "We
are indebted to our lawyer, Mr Mohammed Adamally aka Adam, for successfully
defending us during the past year, and ensuring that we spent a
minimum time span behind bars. He has also generously agreed to
waive his considerable legal fee, in exchange for some time on stage,
in order to realise his fledgling thespian ambitions.
the hordes of press personnel present at the conference as to the
whereabouts of Ifaz Bin Jameel, drew blank stares from the members
of Stage Fright and Panic, who immediately launched into a frenzied
search behind curtains, under table mats etc., presumably looking
for the aforementioned Ifaz. At this time, Adam was seen talking
on the phone, following which he promptly announced to the gathering,
"Ifaz was last seen in India and apparently left Sri Lanka
arm in arm with one Karishma Kapoor and had been heard proclaiming
that he was about to 'karrrouse with Karrrishma among the karrrnations
It has also
been reported that Ifaz was also working with an obscure one-legged
Chinese ballet dancer on a Bollywood blockbuster entitled, Dim Sum
about the repeat of the Compleat Wrks, Anuruddha, brandishing forth
his copy of 'Shakespeare for Tiny Tots with Hoppy the Frog' immediately
responded: "How many of you know about the true compleat wrks?
How many of you have heard of the apocrypha, the lesser plays, or
the obscure plays? I have delved deep into the apocrypha and have
discovered such classics as Ye Odde Couplet, Ye Cats, the sequel
to Macbeth, Ye Allie Mcbeele, Ye Miserables. But paramount amongst
these findings is the original script, written in Ol' Willy's handwriting
itself, Ye Phantom of the Opera. We have learnt, to our great dismay,
that a laudable attempt to render unto reality, the aforementioned
Phantom play has been undermined by an extremely useless group of
people. To display our solidarity with such Shakespeare aficionados,
we, the true connoisseurs of the Willy, have decided to re-stage
our masterful tribute to the Bard."
In a completely
unprecedented adverse reaction to the decision taken by StageFright&Panic
to re-stage the Compleat Wrks, their critics the ASS group (Association
of Shakespeare Stalwarts), have urged members of the public to boycott
the performance to be held from the January 3 to 6, 2003 at the
Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo. The head ASS, Ms. See Ta Victorylion,
renowned for her observation of buried Willies, proclaimed that
Shakespeare will not only turn, but belly dance in his grave at
this repeated and unprovoked attempt to bombard his works.
Wrks of Willm Shkespre, presented by StageFright&Panic, directed
by Feroze Kamardeen, January 3-6 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo.
imagination and colour
By Ishani Ranasinghe
How we dress matters. In a society where looks count, clothes
play a vital role in our lives.
And this is where dress designers come in.
attractive, covered yet somewhat transparent, would perhaps describe
the designs of Olga Blinova Perera. A dress designer from Russia,
she is a graduate in garment design technology and has been in Sri
Lanka for the past four years, having married a Sri Lankan doctor.
After working for different companies, six months ago Olga decided
to venture out on her own.
motivation to do something and motivation often comes from the simplest
things in life. Beauty
is what inspires Olga.
and creativity is the essence of every designer. "You can always
get lost in your imagination," says Olga. This is why she says,
she meditates as a hobby.
When she first
started designing, Olga used her mother-in-law's old sarees as materials.
Perhaps this is why even though she now designs a variety of clothes,
she still has a preference for the flowing lines of the shalwar.
The shalwar is what she is most comfortable wearing. "It is
very modern as well as comfortable and at the same time very feminine,"
who doesn't believe in overt sexuality, her designs are discreet
yet eye-catching, using transparent fabrics to show off the wearer's
she has been in the field for only a short time, Olga has no shortage
of clients. She prefers, if possible, to go with the client to buy
the needed material, so that she is able to choose the suitable
fabric and the right colour for each individual.