of course, is entirely in keeping with the school's ethos that music and
drama are not extra- but co-curricular activities and must provide students
with the vital experience of growth and self-discovery. The producer of the
play is the artist Janet Howell, the head of creative and performing arts in
the school. The cast includes
Bhanu Abeysinghe (John Proctor), Mariella Peiris (Elizabeth Proctor) and
Chandri Jayatilleke (Abigail Williams).
at the height of McCarthyism in the United States, Arthur Miller uses a
historical parallel in the 17th century to comment on the serious injustices
that were taking place with impunity in the 1950s. Joseph McCarthy, a senior
senator of the US government at the time, headed a committee which aimed at
eradicating communism. Those who were incriminated were offered no effective
opportunity to defend themselves. They could only escape condemnation by
naming others who were similarly associated with communism. The graver
injustice, however, was the fact that many of those who were incriminated
had not the slightest connection with communism but were the targets of
those who had been condemned and who wanted to be released from that state.
its inception the movement only involved politicians and those who held high
office in society. However, the disease spread and other spheres of life
began to be affected too. Not the least of those affected were those
involved with the theatre and cinema industry in Hollywood. Among them was
Arthur Miller, by then a celebrated playwright. The Crucible is Miller's
response to McCarthyism and his own plight as one of those accused and
incriminated by that movement.
plot deals with the Salem witch-hunt of 1692. Described as "one of the
strangest and most awful chapters in human history", the witch-hunt was
set in motion by puritans in the Church who tried and executed all those
associated with witchcraft. The witch-hunt was, strangely, triggered by the
accusations of a group of young girls who had been suspected of dabbling in
the dark arts.
was granted to those who pleaded for their lives on condition they named
other members of their sect. This provided an ample opportunity for false
accusation to those who had grievances against their fellow citizens. The
Crucible recounts one of the greatest tragedies ever because it tells of one
of the worst stories of human betrayal. It is also a story of reluctant
heroism - and grace under pressure.
S. Thomas' College Christmas programme
you were to take a walk around S. Thomas' College this term you just might
have the opportunity of hearing the strains of Sweet Bells Of Bethlehem echo
in the corridors.
of varied ages flocking around the piano joyously singing out the perennial
favourite Jingle Bells and the band practicing outdoors to the tune of Deck
The Halls is only a part of the 'Christmassy' feeling you would experience
during this festive season.
is the most magical time of the year and the Thomians are about to treat
theatre goers in Colombo to a Christmas programme with a difference.
as Christmas Perpetua, this novel Christmas programme comprising two
segments is guaranteed to herald the Christmas season in a very special way.
The first part of Christmas Perpetua consists of the Christmas story
portrayed from an entirely unique perspective and depicted through a
stylised drama with dance and movement, choreographed by Shohan Chandiram
and a chorus of 125 voices directed by Mary Anne David.
second session will bring on the typical Christmas nostalgia. An audience
sing along to the much loved Christmas favourites hosted by Shanaka
Amarasinghe and Delon Weerasinghe are guaranteed to keep the audience
singing and tapping its toes.
make the evening a truly "Christmas family outing" the organisers
have planned for an outdoor mini carnival with gifts, fun stalls, and a
variety of food stalls offering choice cuisine with which to begin the
Christmas binge. A party of carolers outdoors against a brilliant fireworks
display and giant Christmas tree will complete the atmosphere and entertain.
Perpetua is a unique production directed by Vinodh Senadeera and presented
by the S. Thomas' College Drama Society. The Christmas programme is produced
by Jeevan Goonetilleke and will be held on December 11, 12, 13, and 14 at
the College Sports Complex from 8pm onwards.
of a bygone era..
memories and good old fashioned Meloney Magic" is one of the
well known catch phrases on commercial radio in Sri Lanka. To many from the
'60s and the '70s it has been one of the few continuous links of commercial
identity the S.L.B.C.'s English service has had, when one considers the
commercial service has had numerous name changes, some of which took away
the very commercial identity it was supposed to have. So naturally listeners
to the station's English service will always remember "Music Memories
and Good Old Fashioned Meloney Magic" the catch phrase associated with
one of Sri Lanka's popular broadcasters, and now the only broadcaster to
continue broadcasting from his home in Perth, Western Australia.
have heard him so much on radio, heard so much about him over the years, and
admired his style and choice of music. His refined and well modulated voice
sounds the very heart and soul of commercial radio. But how is it possible
for anyone to meet him? When he is in Sri Lanka he is only heard and seldom
seen. It was the same when he lived in this country many years ago. He is an
intensely private man. In order to meet him, I got in touch with Music Guru
Lakshman Morias, managing director, Music Mart, Colombo, who also happens to
be Derek Meloney's manager. A quick email to Perth and contact was
were no secretaries, producers, operation staff and all the hoopla that
usually surrounds Derek in Colombo. Just himself, a kind, very private man
so very unlike the image he projects on air. I ask myself is this the same
Derek Meloney? Well there was only one way to find out, I asked to visit the
famous Meloney Magic studios where his popular programme Chain Reaction is
of course," said Derek, "A visit to my studio is a must,"
" Not just a visit, you are going to be a part of my next show,"
and so it was that I witnessed the master at his craft, it was an experience
I shall never forget. I have never seen the inside of the Torrington Square
studios that made this broadcaster so famous, but I have been to the Meloney
Magic studios in Perth to record with the man himself. I almost heard you
ask what is he like as a person? He is a man who only lives in Perth whilst
his heart and soul is with Sri Lanka and the S.L.B.C. A quiet man, leading a
quiet life, waiting for the phone to ring, when it does it is a call from
Sri Lanka, he says, "They want more of Music Memories and Good Old
Fashioned Meloney Magic."
to sing along again
Moratuwa Arts Forum (MAF) is once again busy organising the 2003 Sing-along
Festival which will go on the boards on November 30, at Hotel Ranmal in
to the co-Chairmen of the Committee,Priya Peiris and Laksiri Fernando, the
Committee is sparing no pains to ensure that this show will surpass all the
previous shows in quality and content.
is the seventh consecutive year that MAF is organising this event.
Memory Lane Sing-along show, the brainchild of Priya Peiris, has been a
roaring success each year and has now become the prime oldies sing-along
show in Sri Lanka.
proceeds of this show will be channelled for the development of the youth in
Moratuwa in the field of arts through the Moratuwa Arts Forum.
co-incide with the England cricket tour to Sri Lanka British High Commission
and the British Council are sponsoring a visit to Sri Lanka by two
award-winning BBC 1 DJs, Bobby Friction and Nihal. Bobby Friction and Nihal
present a dance show on BBC Radio One. Bobby Friction and Nihal present
broadcasts every Saturday night and is an award-winning mix of the hottest
Asian beats and flavours. After only six months they were awarded a
prestigious Gold Sony Award for Best Specialist Radio Show.
regularly DJ at top clubs in London and Birmingham. Bobby Friction was a
resident DJ at the legendary Swarj @ The Blue Note in London, which
showcases new Asian talent and sounds, and the equally renowned Shaanthi in
Birmingham, the first Asian club outside London which completely redefined
the British Asian musical experience. He has recorded tracks with the
Mercury Music Award nominated Black Start Liner, and is currently finishing
his debut album. Nihal is also a music journalist and has guested on and
fronted music shows on MTV, BBC and Channel 4.
Friction and Nihal will be at the following venues: November 24 and 25 -
Colombo at 'My Kind of Place' Taj Samudra Hotel at 9.30 p.m., Friday,
November 28 Kandy at 'Le Garage' Le Kandyan Hotel also featuring Iraj n da
Ill Noize Cru With Urban Sounds at 9.00 p.m., Sunday November 30 - Unawatuna
at Unawatuna Beach Resort once again also featuring Iraj N Da Ill Noize Cru
with Urban Sounds at 8.30 p.m.
Friction and Nihal will also be running a workshop for radio DJs on November
26 at 'My Kind of Place', Taj
Samudra Hotel, Colombo, from 12.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. The workshop will
concentrate on working with music beds and jingles, presentation skills,
programming and scripts, and radio dos and don'ts. Admission is free
(limited to 25 participants). Prior registratison accepted on a first-come
first-served basis at the British Council's Arts Office open from 9.30 a.m.
to 4.00 p.m. from Monday to Friday.
popular demand - The Sooriya Show
rarely has there been so much enthusiasm shown for a musical show as for the
Sooriya Show at the BMICH in May this year. What is the draw? It could very
well be the music of yesteryear which many music lovers carry in their
hearts, especially of a popular radio show that was a great hit at a time
when the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation was the only electronic medium
in this country.
only was the Sooriya Show a glamorous radio programme but it was also a
great hit on stage when and wherever it was held. The Sooriya Show was much
sought after as a stage show in Colombo as well as the outstations.
popularity of the Sinhala pop artistes that were recorded on the Sooriya
label combined with the charismatic popularity of the compere of the star
spangled Sooriya Show, Vijaya Corea, lent itself unfailingly to fill the
hearts of audiences with joy.
net result of all this has been an unparalled demand for a repeat
performance. Now, by popular demand, the star spangled Sooriya Show will be
held on Saturday, November 29 at 7.00 p.m. at the BMICH.
Corea, who compered the show then and also presented the Sooriya Show on
radio, will once again compere this show. Damayantha and Rajiv of DR
Entertainments, who have spared no pains to make this repeat performance
bigger and better, are overjoyed with the public response evinced thus far
to the Sooriya Show. They will ensure that the same artistes will perform
but not sing the same songs. They will provide a new and refreshing treat,
even for those who saw the show the first time.
painting exhibition titled Sharada Siththam by the students of the Sharada
Kala Nikethanaya will be held on November 28 and 29 at the Indian Cultural
Center from 10am to 6pm.
Chief Guest at the exhibition will be Indian High Commissioner Nirupam Sen.
The Sharada Kala Nikethanaya is 10 years old. However since its
inception on February 13, 1983, the Sharada Kala Nikethanaya had until
recently conducted courses only in the fields of music and dance. But with
the introduction of popular painter Upasena Gunewardene a course in painting
was introduced. While Jagath Ravindra and Anura Handunetti contributed
towards this three-year diploma course the students at the Sharada Kala
Nikethanaya have been successful in holding three exhibitions up to date.
Kosala Priyum Kumarage a teacher at the Sharada Kala Nikethanaya will also display a number of the paintings at this exhibition.
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