Will Never Fly
what a circus
Oh what a shame
that echoed during the
mad, clowning, pitiful mess of the political circus that this
island saw during the last year in particular and lines that echoed
again during the proud, original, amusing, heart-warming portrayal
of this circus at a preview we were privileged enough to witness
Will Never Fly the latest production by the Butterfly Theatre
Company - Second Wing - promises to be quite the show of a lifetime!
The Sunera Foundation, conducted five day workshops in Jaffna,
Batticaloa, Tangalle, Badulla and Hatton. A talented representation
of all ethnicities were then selected for the latest production, in
addition to disabled soldiers from the Ranaviru Sevana and
an obviously gifted cast, under the direction of the proven Wolfgang
Stang and Rohana Deva assisted by Ramani Damayanthi, Turtles Will
Never Fly will undoubtedly be a very special experience. It differs
from its predecessors in being a satire - a political and social
satire. Miming, mimicking, dancing, acting, gibberish - it is all
diplomatic system is utilised whereby the lead player is chosen via
a twirling pen. The same goes for the music - where a collection of
Sinhala, Tamil and English pieces are available. The directors said
communication was initially a bit of a problem, the players being
from different parts of the island but this has for the most part
been overcome through sign language and interpreters. It has, in
fact strengthened the bond between cast members.
project is sponsored by the government of the Netherlands and
Chairperson, Sunera Foundation, Sunethra Bandaranaike was profuse in
her thanks to the ambassador.
Stang and Rohana Deva, "The progress and latent talent in these
kids is amazing. Not just in the field of acting. One differently-abled
child, Jayasundera, has gone from being completely dependent on
others for the most menial tasks, to an almost totally independent
individual - able to do most of his work himself."
entertainment aside, the therapeutic value of this work is
undeniable. The question, as one wit pointed out, is, therapeutic
doubt the so called 'normal' people, indeed the so-called 'greats'
have as much to learn and gain from this production as those
peek Into The Wilderness
the Thomian Hall on Monday to preview their latest production Into
The Wilderness was in itself an experience. Actors were busy setting
the stage, the crew was busy attending to last minute production
work with posters and banners every where.
in the past, where they excelled in producing some excellent
farcical plays, this year director, Vinodh Senadeera has changed the
whole genre of their work.
The Wilderness is a play, which consists of three stages and depicts
the darker side of life. Six prisoners awaiting death, a man facing
a moral issue and a young girl unfairly losing her innocence is what
Into The Wilderness is all about. Biman Wimalaratne, Johnny Christy,
Janeeth Rodrigo, Nadeem Majeed and Chaminda Samaraweera take on some
of the main roles.
to The Sunday Leader, Director, Vinodh Senadeera says he is content
with the end result. " I have had a brand new cast to work
with. We've read so many scripts but felt that this was the best
choice. The cast is undoubtedly very talented. What I like about
this group is that they are very innovative and work out things for
themselves. The spontaneity was obvious. The will to be someone else
asked as to why he chose a serious script, Vinodh was prompt in
replying that theatre is not only comedy. "It has so many forms
and genres, which need to be explored," he said.
enthusiastic cast had a lot to say. President, Drama Society,
Wimalaratne said this year's production is both novel and different
to what it has been involved in before. "Acting serious plays
obviously is difficult because of its intensity, but at the end of
every practice I am content with the progress of my effort," he
Christy plays three roles. To him this has been a novel and learning
experience. He felt that it was good as a school to address these
find it challenging to perform three contrasting roles in just 90
minutes, but it has been a new experience for me. As a cast we have
all worked together and built up good team work," says Chaminda
production will be staged from September 17-19 at Lionel Wendt
theatre. The show commences at 7.30 p.m. and tickets are now on sale
at the Lionel Wendt and the S. Thomas' College office.
call of nature
of lush jungle vegetation,
curling and twisting creepers and tendrils, colourful indigenous
flowers, unselfconscious nudes and stylised birds and animals is the
best way to identify the paintings of one of Sri Lanka's most
illustrious painters, Seevali Illangasinghe.
who possesses a very distinctive original talent, has for many years
been inspired by the wonder and beauty of nature. His keen and
perceptive observation of the daily life of the simple village
community and of the surrounding fauna and flora in the jungles has
significantly influenced the themes of his paintings. This is
evident when taking a look at his paintings many of which in some
small way has a distinct feature from nature.
blue manel flower springing from a pond is clearly visible in
Illangasinghe's painting 'Three Maidens And The Blue Manel.' In the
'Young Boy And Friend' Illangasinghe has not failed to include a
lake complete with manel flowers. 'The Cartwheel Of Life' has
reference to the roots and bark of a tree while the 'Life-Bearer - A
Sacred Trust' has a colourful scenic background of trees.
jungle of the Wanni has always been the happy hunting ground for
Illangasinghe's art and imagination, perhaps because its dominating
influence helped mould Illangasinghe into the painter he now is.
hails from a remote village, located in the very heart of a dense
jungle in Sri Lanka's North Central Province. Accordingly we see the
tapestry of village life in threshing of paddy in the kamatha,
activity in the village boutique, bathing at the common well, a
young girl with a hollowed habu going to fetch water and a gypsy
woman in his paintings.
not only depicts his vision of reality in his paintings but also
probes into the inner striving of his subjects. Consider the carter
endeavouring for a more fulfilling life but presently enmeshed in
the mundane cartwheel of existence. On the other hand there is the
painting of the bhikkuni poised serene in meditation, contemplating
the attainment of her supreme goal.
knows that eking out an existence in the Wanni jungle is hard work.
But genuine hard work brings its just rewards. His men folk are
dark, lanky, wiry and tireless in their daily pursuits. His women
are full bodied and feminine with soft though resolute demeanour.
'The Life-Bearer - A Sacred Trust' depicts a pregnant woman with
full breasts, cradling her extended belly in her hands lovingly and
also has a number of paintings of maternal love that include 'Hope'
portrayed as a young nude woman facing a distant dawn with a white
dove perched on her shoulder.
earthly style is his very own, which is why his paintings are in
great demand among art lovers. He has exhibited in most European
countries including the UK and the United States.
Illangasinghe exhibition is always a viewer's delight, as not
everyone can invest in one of his paintings. However, all art lovers
can seize the opportunity to appreciate this artist's magnificent
talent before these exhibits disappear into private collections.
exhibition will be held from September 13 to 19 at the Felix
Gallery, Alexander Place, Colombo 7 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weerakoon: Rendering Unto Caesar
visitor to Sri Lanka encounters a beautiful island with the hospitality
and charm of a delightful people but the news of the last 50 years
has reported a country fraught by political strife and turmoil. It
is so difficult for the
outsider to comprehend Sri Lanka's politics and to understand the
background to what we see today.
at last we have a book that takes us through the 50 years in which
Bradman Weerakoon witnessed the country's leaders shaking off their
colonial heritage, established Sri Lanka's new position on the
political map and grappling with the nation's erupting problems -
above all the Sinhalese-Tamil ethnic rift that has been hitting
world headlines for the past decades.
is an unusual privilege to be able to share the front-seat view of
the man who has worked beside nine of Sri Lanka's prime ministers
and presidents. Bradman Weerakoon not only gives a true insider's
insight into the world of dynastic democracy, political
assassinations and dramatic swings of the pendulum in personal and
political destinies, his personal biography is woven into the story
in a way that tells us a lot about life in Sri Lanka in the last
half century, both close to and at times further away from the pulse
of the government in Colombo.
the newcomer to the Sri Lanka scene may initially be daunted by the
wealth of names and anagrams that pepper the complicated story,
Bradman Weerakoon's delightful style makes the book compelling
reading and leaves a special flavour in the reader's mind; the
feeling of being able to understand the country better.
recommended reading for any visitor who wants to get beneath the
surface and understand the background to Sri Lanka today.
Prof. Dr. Patricia East
Department of Tourism Management
Munich University of Applied Sciences