Jehan Aloysius’ hilarious adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream in ' Pyramus Thisby' byCentreStage Productions will be performed in India for the 08 th Theatre Olympics .
The Theatre Olympics, established in Greece in 1993, is being held in India for the very first time. Theatre enthusiasts and performers from all around the world are gathering once again to celebrate their love and passion for the stage.
Pyramus & Thisby is a magical blend of Shakespeare’s verse, exciting dance and music from low-country Sri Lanka. The play boasts a stellar cast of prominent English theatre personalities as well as dancers, acrobats and musicians, a release from Centre Stage productions said.
Jehan Aloysius, the show’s creator states that, “the first five runs of Pyramus &; Thisby were a phenomenal success. The cast had worked so hard through months of gruelling pre-work and rehearsals devising the show at workshops, while also learning acrobatics and various styles of Eastern dance.
It was humbling that the audiences were unanimous in their appreciation of the work that had gone into the show.”
The plot revolves around a group of artisans, headed by Quince, as they rehearse a play titled Pyramus & Thisby in the forest. A battle between the armies of the Fairy King and Queen over the mystical Indian boy, and the
machinations of the mischievous ‘Puck’, lead to chaos in the human world. Meanwhile, ‘Bottom’, the weaver, becomes the unwitting victim of a magical transformation which leads him into the arms of the mesmerised Fairy Queen.
In all this mayhem, the artisans wonder if they will ever be able to stage their tragicomedy - Pyramus & Thisby!
The cast features Jehan Aloysius as Bottom the weaver, supported by Dion Nanayakkara, Kavishka Perera, Dushyantha Hettiarachchi, Harshana Rathnayaka, Prabhath Devindra, Roshni Guneratne and Upekha Daniel in the
lead roles. The show’s lighting is by Thushan Dias.
Pyramus & Thisby will be staged in Delhi and Kolkata on the March 11 and 13 respectively. For more information about the show, visit their official Facebook page – Pyramus & Thisby – A Magi-Comedy by Jehan Aloysious.
The troupe and director are grateful to the kind support of The Presidential Secretariat, Dharmasiri Bandaranayake, Kaveenga Wijayasekara(PM Sqaure), Nigel Austin, Dulip Jayamaha, Nalaka Amaratunga (Walkers Tours), Lasanthi - Ambrosia, Dilrukshi Rambukwela (The Lionel Wendt), D30 Clothing, and Mohamed Isamil.
Pix courtesy Centre Stage productions
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