Kaushalya Fernando’s award winning play “Sanda Langa Maranaya”, the Sinhala version of Federico Garcia Lorca ‘Blood Wedding’ will go on board at Lionel Wendt theatre at 3.30 and 7.00 p.m. on March 21.
Sanda Langa Maranaya was adjudged the best play of the year and won eight awards in different categories at National Drama Festival and in 2005.
The production, a semi-musical-surrealistic-type which is a familiar theatrical experience to the local audiences has choreographed movements, music and rhythm, and vivid lighting and colours in addition to very intense acting on stage which impart an entertaining yet intense theatre encounter.
One of the famous trilogy based upon Spanish society written by Garcia Lorca, the play is 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 experienced cast in ‘Sanda Langa Maranaya’ includes Kaushalya Fernando, Lucian Bulathsinghala, Chamila Peries, Wishvajith Gunasekera, Mayura Kanchana, Nadee Kammallaweera, Suresh Fernando, Lakmini Seneviratne, Sharmaine Gunaratne, Sanjaya Hettiarachchi, Ishara Wickramasena, Hiran Abeysekera, Geetha Alahakoon, Dinuki de Silva, Palitha Abeyratne and a number of new comers to the national theatre groomed at Play House-Kotte.
Nadeeka Guruge composed music for the play and choreography and stage lighting are by Chandana Aluthge. Stage sets and properties are by Namal Jayasinghe while make-up is by Priyantha Dissanayake. Stage management is by Aruna Jayasena and Shameen Athuraliya.
The play is a production of Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or better known as Play House-Kotte which was established as a voluntary organisation in 1981 by the veteran playwright and theatre director, Somalatha Subasinghe with a view to promote in particularly children’s and youth theatre and mainstream theatre in Sri Lanka. Over the years LCYTF has produced a repertoire of internationally acclaimed mainly musical theatre for children and youth and award winning mainstream theatre productions.
The show is organised by a young group of theatre enthusiasts and the fund generated from the performance will be used for charity.
Tickets is available at the entrance in addition to Sarasavi Bookshop, Nugegoda and Visjitha Yapa Bookshop, Kohuwala.