Ikebana going wild and exotic

‘Wild and Exotic’ is the theme of this year’s exhibition by the members of the Shi-en Ikebana and Floral Art Society at the Cinnamon Lakeside hotel from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m today. The focus will be on the use of unusual material with fresh flowers.

There will be demonstrations on the art of flower arranging at 4.30 p.m. and those who wish to join the club could also register at the exhibition. Proceeds of ‘Wild and Exotic’ will go to help the thalassaemia patients of the Anuradhapura General Hospital.

Get ready to go to the moon

Oxford Playhouse presents One Small Step in Colombo and Jaffna

Check your oxygen, adjust your spacesuit and buckle up.... Fast, furious and really rather funny, the ignition sequence has begun...

One Small Step, a huge hit at the Edinburgh Festival in 2009, is on its way to Sri Lanka courtesy the British Council.

This gloriously inventive new play written by David Hastings, directed by Toby Hulse, and produced by Oxford Playhouse, premiered at the 2009 Edinburgh Festival to five-star reviews and thrilled audiences. In just 60 minutes two extraordinary young actors, (Robin Hemmings and Oliver Millingham), take you on an action-packed trip to the moon, bringing dozens of characters to life in a fun-filled exploration of the space race, with the aid of simple household objects such as buckets, lamps and cardboard boxes.

From the first dog to be rocketed into space, to encapsulating the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to send the first man to the moon, One Small Step is a surprisingly moving piece of theatre, full of emotion, intense moments, epic achievements and humour. Magically conjuring dozens of characters with the aid of simple household objects, as well as creating the famous Apollo, Gemini and Sputnik capsules from buckets, lamps and cardboard boxes, the play manages to capture the imagination of all ages.

The performance details are as follows:


Date: Friday, March 26 at 6 p.m.
Venue: St. John’s College Hall
Admission free.


Date: Sunday, March 28 at 7.30 p.m.
and Tuesday, March 30 at 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Punchi Theatre, Borella
Tickets: Rs. 500 and 250 (balcony) on sale from March 5 at the British Council Help Desk, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 9 a.m – 4p.m. Sunday & at Namel Malini Punchi Theatre, 37 Cotta Road, Colombo 8

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