goes on the boards
On the final day of the three-day drama festival
of award winning playwright Rajitha Dissanayake's two critically
acclaimed plays will go on the board at Lionel Wendt theatre today
The final day of three-day drama festival of Rajitha,
"Hansayantath Man Aasai" (I Love Swans Also) and "Mata
Vedi Thiyannedda" (Aren't You Going to Shoot me) will be staged
at one sit. His two other plays "Sihina Horu Aran" (Stolen
Dreams) and "Veeraya Merila" (The Hero is Dead) were staged
on June 16 and 17. The theatre event also heralds the landmark one
hundredth performance of the immensely popular and thought provoking
"Veeraya Merila", which swept the 2002 State Drama Festival
with five awards including that of 'Best Production'.
Among the two plays, "Hansayantath Man Aasai"
garnered four awards at the 1997 State Drama Festival while "Mata
Vedi Thiyannedda" won critical acclaims.
At this festival "Sihina Horu Aran"
which won Best Original Script at the 2006 State Drama Festival
made a return to the local stage, after a series of international
performances in Europe and India. The play toured Germany, France,
Austria, Switzerland and Italy from April 1 to May 10 and also featured
at the prestigious 'Bharath Rang Mahaotsav' of the National School
of Drama in India New Delhi in January this year. Rajitha speaking
to the TV Times about the festival said "A play celebrating
its 100th show is an important moment in a country where there is
hardly any state support. While Veeraya Merila celebrated its 100
performance 'Sihinia Horu Aranl' celebrated the 50th performance
and 'Hansayantath Man Asai' started in 1996 was staged after ten
Asked about the response the team received from
their international shows, Rajitha said "It was heartening
to see the response of the Sri Lankans overseas for our performances.
In fact we were doubtful whether there would be any audience who
would accept us. But we realised that we were wrong,".
"But the experience we gained in India was
quite different as it was educative and informative. We got opportunities
to experience large number of plays from Japan, China, Nepal, Iran,
India, Bangladesh and etc," Rajitha explained.
And there too we had a good response and English
translation of two of our plays were requested to perform there.
"I realised that playwrights everywhere face
similar problems despite they being rich or poor. And like in cinema
there are forums, where dramatists come together,",\ he added.
Dissanayake's theatre festival will give audiences
a unique opportunity to experience four of his best works in one
sitting and a CD containing the soundtracks of the plays will also
be on sale at the event. The cast includes renowned film, stage
and teledrama actors and comprises Priyankara Ratnayake, Jayani
Senanayake, Saumya Liyanage, Gihan Fernando, Dayadeva Edirisinghe,
Prasad Sooriyarachchi, Dharmapriya Dias, Sarath Kothelawala, Nilmini
Buwaneka, Shyam Fernando, Gihan de Chickera, Tharindi Fonseka and
Songs are by Kapila Poogalarachchi, Make up Priyantha
Dissanayake and Production Manager Jude Srimal.