In The Net!
you're starting to feel like you
can't remember what the Lionel
Wendt Theatre looks like anymore with English theatre having
almost completely dried up in recent months, something's coming
along this August to put a smile back on your face. Or better yet,
have you rolling about in your centre row aisle seat!
Performing Arts Company brings you Ray Cooney's hilarious sequel to
Run For Your Wife. This time called Caught In The Net, it comes to
the Wendt on August 5 and runs through two weekends giving Colombo
audiences enough time to get a piece of the side-splitting action.
by Nafeesa Amirudeen and produced by Mohamed Adamaly and Nadeera
Adamaly, Caught In The Net promises to be just as good as its
predecessor which was staged at the Wendt once in 1994 and then more
recently in 2002 to pave the way for the sequel.
play retains the four central characters of the taxi driver John
Smith, his lodger Stanley Gardner and the contrasting wives Mary and
opens right into the action with Gavin Smith (John's son with
Barbara) chatting up Vicki (John's daughter with Mary) on the
internet by coincidence. They arrange to meet for tea to discover
more about their respective fathers and this is when John's
nightmare really begins.
follows a frantic cover up operation full of lies, confusion and a
healthy dose of humour as John and Stanley try to prevent the
ill-fated meeting of the teenagers.
in the role of John Smith, bigamist extraordinaire is Mohamed
Adamaly who is accompanied by Wanda Godlieb as Mrs. Smith No. 1 and
Neidra Williams as Mrs. Smith 2.
back on stage for his encore as Smith's lodger and unwitting
accomplice in the entire fiasco, Stanley Gardner is Dr. Sean
afternoon with the cast proves to be a barrel of laughs both on and
off the stage. Full of fun and good cheer, the seven stars of Caught
In The Net are enthusiastic about their roles.
more so than Amarasekera who having arrived late, kept up a steady
stream of chatter both about the play and other matters of universal
interest throughout the interview.
takes his role very literally,"say his fellow cast-mates.
Stanley Gardner in Caught In The Net plays a far more prominent
role," says Adamaly, "it's like he's more in control and
hardly ever leaves the stage."
Williams' character Barbara is far more mellowed and serene than she
was in Run For Your Wife, in which she played the sexy, youthful
wife No. 2.
only on stage of course," remarks the play's 'sound and fury'
man, Jehan Perera also Neidra's husband - off stage of course.
Barbara is into yoga and self-improvement, which includes an
extraordinarily healthy diet of carrot and raspberry juice.
ying to Barbara's yang, Mary, John's other wife is the loving mother
and caring wife. She has a great relationship with her daughter
Vicki as opposed to Barbara's mostly 'hands-off' relationship with
Francke plays Gavin, while Ashini Fernando plays the flighty teen,
Vicki who has her father wrapped around her little pinky.
Vignarajah, who plays the senile, hard of hearing father of Stanley
Gardner is a school-boy star having won a best actor award at the
Shakespeare Drama Competition some years ago for his portrayal of
Mercutio, and he is back on stage with Caught In The Net.
almost surreal plot is played out at break-neck speed almost from
the moment the curtain opens, and in true British comedy style.
at the Lionel Wendt from August 5-7 and August 10-14, Caught In The
Net follows the Performing Arts Company's reputation for slick,
farcical comedy much like some of their other productions to date
including Don't Dress For Dinner and Funny Money.
In The Net is bound to whet theatre goers' appetites for more good
English drama in the days to come and will most certainly be good
for a few much needed laughs.
to quote Amarasekera, "Just sit back and buckle your seatbelts,
it's going to be a bumpy ride!" Amen to that.
Dr. Thushara Senanayake
Boy Slim, the man who became a
champion in the charts a few years back with the hits like Gangster
Trippin' and Praise You
is about to make a
splash on the charts with his new release Don't Let The Man in the
days to come. This new single is based on the song Signs by
70s rockers Five-Man Electrical Band.
Boy Slim, who was born Norman Quentin Cook, was born on July 31,
1963 in Brighton, England. He started out his chart career with the
House Martins in early 1986.
Heaton, Stan Cullimore, Ted Key and Hugh Whittaker signed up with
Go! Discs as the House Martins in 1985 and released Flag Day and
Sheep but success didn't come their way. It was in 1986 that Cook
replaced Key as the bassist and hit the UK singles chart with Happy
same year, House Martins had a stack of hit singles including the UK
Christmas number one Caravan Of Love, an a capella version of Isley
Jasper Isley's song with the same title. Their album, London 0 Hull
4 shone bright on the UK albums chart in 1986.
Dave Hemingway's arrival in 1987 replacing Whittaker in the band
reinforced its socialist political stance and they came out with the
album The People Who Grinned Themselves To Death - a reference to
the ever-smiling British royal family.
after a short period of hibernation, tried his hands at a solo
career releasing Won't Talk About It/ Blame It On The Bassline and
For Spacious Life.
was not successful and then formed Beats International and clinched
the singles crown in 1990 with Dub Be Good To Me.
the lifespan of Beats International was short and Cook went on to
form Freak Power in 1995.
Boy's previous remixes of Wildchild's Renegade Master and
Cornershop's Brimful Of Asha gave him some fame and the successive
project The Rockafellar Skank fell
on fertile grounds.
array of hits followed including Gangster Trippin',
Right Here Right Now and Praise You.
albums, including Star 69, Camber Sands, The Pimp, The Joker and
Palookaville followed. One of his singles, Weapon Of
Choice, won many MTV music awards and Fat Boy Slim became a
Minister of Men's Affairs reveals A Real Change at the Wendt
Sumanadasa spends time, money and energy to
help his nephew, Mohan, to get his father-in-law, Mr. Gajasiri,
elected into parliament. Gajasiri, who lacks polish and whose
English leaves much to be desired, is appointed as the Minister of
Rasika, his daughter and Mohan's wife, is the president of the WLF
(Women's Liberation Front) the strongest feminist group in Asia. She
and the immediate past president, Niromi Nagasena have vowed to go
all out to get the Men's Affairs Ministry abolished.
Gajasiri meets Niromi and falls madly in love with her and decides
to support their campaign. Sirisena and Mohan realise they must
somehow put a stop to Gajasiri and Niromi's relationship or watch
all their plans go down the drain.
protest marches, hunger strikes, etc., Gajasiri's wife, Kusuma, who
had deserted him and the daughter 17 years ago suddenly makes an
entrance adding fuel to the fire. So the stage is set for A Real
Gajasiri is played by Indu. Mohan is played by Anushan Selvarajah
and his uncle Sirisena is played by Abbasali Rozais. The daughter
Rasika is played by Sanjana Selvarajah while Niromi is played by
wife, Kusuma is played by Sanwada Abeysirirgunawardena. The
minister's chief of security is played by Yohan Caius and the
faithful Carolis is brought to life by Pierre Samarasinghe.
the secretary is played by Seshandri De Silva. Cederica James, the
investigating journalist who is feared by Sirisena and Mohan, is
played by Nelum Goonetilleke.
hilarious comedy by Indu Dharmasena is scheduled to go on the boards
at the Lionel Wendt on July 16 and 17 at 7:15 p.m. A Real Change was
first performed about seven years ago and it ran to packed houses.
political satire will keep you in fits of laughter and promises
light entertainment for the whole family. Tickets available at the
man in a woman's world!
are the days when we thought
that draping a saree, doing one's eyebrows, lips, etc., is a woman's
business. Today, there are men who go to the extra mile to better
understand what women's needs are and how to satisfy them.
what is it like for a man to have a great sense of what's wrong and
what's right when it comes to women and fashion? Well, Michael
Wijesuriya is just the person to ask!
is a man who has made it to the top in what is considered a woman's
world. And when it comes to making a bride look her very best, he is
a man who knows what he has to do to achieve this and make every
bride's wedding day memorable.
been in the filed of bridal dressing for 13 long years, Michael is a
connoisseur of brides and beauty.
first qualified in a different field. I did accountancy and then
went to Hotel School. Thereafter, I went to USA and qualified in
hotel management," says Michel with a smile.
what made him an emperor in a women's territory? The answer is a
talent that lies within Michael.
father was in the textile trade and I learnt the technical side of
art from him. That gave me an opportunity to enter into this field.
More than all that, it is the artistic quality that I possess that
made me take up designing," he said.
to Michael, he entered this field in a big way with Ramzi Rahaman,
with whom he did his first bride.
Vernon Fernando and Ramani Fernando are the people who really
'pushed' him into this field as he had not had any formal training
before, says Michel who conveys his gratitude saying; "I owe a
lot to them."
it comes to being a man in a woman's world, Michael says the way men
look at a bride is quite different from that of a woman. "There
is no competition. A woman looking a million times better would
never bother me since I am a male," he says.
are there instances when a woman has been uncomfortable since he is
a male designer? Michael's answer is, "never."
come to me because they know me. However, if the client is
open-minded, I would choose dresses with sex appeal," Michel
is a man who believes in constructive criticism and when it comes to
dealing with customers, he is an expert. For him, there are certain
ways in which he would advise his brides - for example without just
saying "you are fat" he would rather put it in a charming
is Michel's way of tackling the brides, mind you! But according to
him, this is something that his customers appreciate.
Michel's point of view, being a bridal designer in this country is
not really appreciated. "Few people accept and value this
profession," he says, adding the advice they give is soon
forgotten as it is measured only in terms of money.
when it comes to upcoming designers, Michel's advice is that they
should establish their own identity rather than imitating others.
copy, don't follow foreign trends and don't look at foreign
magazines. Your designs can be good or bad, but there will be people
who would like you. In my case, the colours in Paris won't bother me
as I would always consider the trend in Sri Lanka. Our people would
always underestimate what is in Sri Lanka but they are willing to
spend a lot on foreign stuff," says Michael.
they say 'autumn collection' or 'winter collection,' but do we have
winter or autumn here? We would rather do a Christmas collection
because that is the season where people really dress-up in Sri
Lanka," he noted.
- Keeping the faith!
into a family of seven, this young and talented musician is fast
gaining popularity through his sexy voice and popular lyrics.
a family business of selling musical instruments, Billy has made a
name for himself as an extraordinary performer on stage!
him drive the crowds wild is a sight to see and Billy sure is on his
way to achieving his dreams in the music scene. At the end of the
day, for Billy, the priority is being a true Christian. Keeping the
faith, he talks about the most important things in life, his first
kiss and his saddest memory.
If you could be any animal or bird, which would you choose and why?
I don't like animals. But however, if I had to choose, I would
choose to be a horse because it is an animal with prestige.
What are the three most important things in life?
Jesus, family and friends.
How do you feel about your career?
I love my career. It is excellent and interesting and sometimes
I see no end to it. It is also very tiring and stressful but at the
end of the day it is a career which satisfies me a lot.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up?
Well, the first thing I do is wash my face and then drink water
Three things that turn you on?
Lip gloss, a woman wearing a long skirt with a deep slit and a
woman's hands, especially her fingernails, with a transparent tint.
Describe your first kiss?
It was a learning process... It was yucky in the beginning and yummy
later on. My first kiss was very special because it was only after
the kiss that it was confirmed the relationship was real.
What is love?
For me love is the true essence of human kind. It's not just an
emotional feeling that passes you by; it's something that turns your
world upside down. Love is a decision you make - a decision of
whether you want to love that person for the rest of your life.
Most memorable experience?
My most memorable experience is when one day, while I was singing
one of my songs on stage, a fan of mine started crying. When
questioned why, she said the song had touched her. The song was
about heart break.
If you had a choice of being in another profession, which would you
I would probably choose advertising as I am very creative. It is
also closely linked to the profession I am in now.
What is your motto in life?
My motto in life is to be a true Christian and live life at its
best while achieving my goals.
If you could come back as someone else, whom with it be and why?
I would come back as myself - Billy. I am just so used to being
myself that being another person would be very difficult for me.
If the world was ending and you could save three people, who would
Well, it is difficult to name only three people as I come from a
family of seven - five brothers and two sisters. However, since I
can save only three, I would save my mother, my younger brother
Bonjo and my younger sister Kuku.
If love were just a colour, which would it be for you?
I would choose the colour grey. Today love is mostly expressed
through the colours red, white, silver and for some, even black. But
for me love is like a grey area.
However, I am not too good with colours anyway.
What is your saddest memory?
My saddest memory is the death of my father in 1998.
What qualities do you look for in a soul mate?
Well honesty is the first thing that I can think of. No matter
what her past has been, she should be able to tell me everything and
we should be able to talk about it freely. My soul mate should also
be a music lover and she should have a loving and fun personality.
seven years in style!
he screams of ecstatic fans filled the room as
the guys who revolutionised the Sri Lankan music industry -
Bathiya and Santhush (BnS) - made their grand entrance on stage for
a power packed concert last week as they celebrated seven years
Live held at the BMICH last weekend, the first of many scheduled
concerts by BnS over the next couple of months, was a sellout weeks
before the event with over 1,500 fans packing the auditorium to
witness a performance like no other.
by the BnS band and the colorful and energetic dance troupes of
Channa and Shan, Bathiya and Santhush - who made their entrance on
stage dressed in their trademark 70's suit, Bathiya in blue and
Santhush in red - first took time to thank the fans for supporting
them over the years.
then dished out a collection of their favorite hits which saw them
storm into the local music industry seven years ago and make a mark,
which will undoubtedly take a lot to be undone by artistes following
in their footsteps.
Sanga Bo, which was the breakthrough track for the duo, was still a
crowd favorite while Life, Vasanthaye and their latest hit,
Neththara, drew laud applause.
repertoire of hits performed by Bathiya and Santhush included an
excellent cover rendition of the track Master Sir originally
performed by veteran musician Neela Wickramasinghe.
rocky version of the track had the seated fans itching to move -
which they did with their hands in the air and bodies moving on the
and Santhush also dished out a variety of Hindi tracks which
included a few originals from their upcoming album to be released
exclusively in India.
the ever popular Ashanthi by their side, the boys ensured the
audience was well and truly part of the performance by making their
way into the crowd on a number of occasions and having them sing
along to some tracks.
lucky female fan was also selected from the audience and taken on
stage where she was serenaded by BnS and then sent away with a gift
that will no doubt have a special place on her mantle at home.
it wasn't just Bathiya and Santhush at the concert. Ashanthi
performed a few tracks of her own including Angel and also announced
the launch of her latest album due out in stores very soon.
Virajini was also in attendance to perform the soulful track Kiri
Kodu as well as a few of her own while tabla maestro, Jananath
supported BnS with his drumming and backup vocals.
and Rajeev, better known as the Outlaws, also gave their support to
Bathiya and Santhush by rapping to a few BnS hits as well as
performing a few of their own. Incidentally it was Shiraz's birthday
and he was given a surprise 'Happy Birthday' wish by Bathiya,
Santhush and Ashanthi on stage.
the stand out support act of the concert was the boys from Silent
Project who had the crowd hip hopping to their hits. The two young
boys from Kandy are also featured in the Neththara album.
the audience witnessing the mind blowing concert were members of
Gypsies and Ezra's Billy who was among the original lineup of BnS.
in all it was a show you could not afford to miss. But if for some
'unfortunate' reason you could not make it for 'Neththara live' last
weekend, do not be disheartened! BnS will be performing in Negombo
on July 30 while a repeat performance of 'Neththara live' is also on
the cards next month.
Colombo to Mumbai...
and Santhush have come a long way since creating history in
the Sri Lankan pop music industry back in 1998.
Vasanthaye, Life, Tharunyaye and Neththara, BnS are now set to
take their music to greater heights with the scheduled launch
of a new album in India.
the launch of the album titled From Colombo To Mumbai, Bathiya
and Santhush said it will feature some original Hindi tracks
and will be marketed in India by Sony music.
album will give the boys a chance to capture the very popular
Indian music industry which could see them being featured on
popular music channels including MTV and Channel V and VH1.
are regarded as two of the most innovative producers, music
directors and undoubtedly the most energetic and commanding
stage act in the country.
with a wide range of musicians and other music directors from
overseas specially Indians, BnS are currently a part of many
collaboration projects as co-producers and have now produced
their own Hindi and Tamil albums.
the Hindi album is set to hit stores in India at the latter
part of this year, the Tamil album is also expected to be out
lookout for their website - www.bnsmusic.com - to keep in
touch with their happenings, tours and album launches.
Sri Lanka proud!
breakers in the Sri Lankan music scene, Bathiya and Santhush,
have made Sri Lanka proud by winning several awards overseas
including the silver award at the 'Azia Dauysy' World Music
Festival organised by the Voice of Asia International Music
Foundation in Kazakhstan, Russia.
festival attracted many entries from Europe and the Asian
region. A 14-member panel of judges chose 16 entries from 14
countries for the finals held in Almaty, the capital of
2002, BnS signed up with Universal, the world's leading music
company, marking the country's formal entry to international
Asia-Pacific of Universal Music Publishing, Steven Folk
speaking at the time said he was very impressed by the
originality and song writing abilities of Bathiya and Santhush.
and Santhush joined Universal Music Group's exclusive club of
musical greats such as Elton John, Sting, Shaggy and Shania
May 2003 international music rating group Global Hot 40
selected Bathiya and Santhush of Sri Lanka as 'Artist of the
Month' for their achievements after their first two albums
and Santhush also served as brand ambassadors for Coca-Cola -
'Celebrate The Fusion' - during a two-year partnership which
included concerts and consumer promotions.