Colombo International Theatre Festival – 2016

5th CITF was successfully was concluded on the 31st March to 06 th April 2016 Colombo

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SEKKUWA – 1st April – 7.00pm

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Director – Parakrama Niriella

This is a stylised absurd drama depictng the Sri Lankan so- cio politcal environment (parliamentary system) and the way the people are addicted to and deceived by the system. Drama uses symbols to portray elements of the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’. It signifes the stereotyped exploitaton of the poor by the partes coming into power tme to tme. SEKKUWA is Parakrama Niriella’s frst play writen and directed by him and also bagged 06 awards including the Best Script at the state drama festval in 1976.
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CARMEN-CHOREO-DRAMA – 2nd April – 7.00pm

Light_Puppet_Show2Our producton of “Carmen” is based on “Carmen Suite” music by Bizet Shchedrin. And logically this classical piece de- mands to be performed by professional ballet dancers, but our cast consists of only drama actors.
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SWARANABOOMI – 2nd April – 7.00pm

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Director – SudarshanaKrishanthaThe story behind the establishment of “Ruwanwelimahaseya” (the Great Stupa; Bud- dhist shrine Built by King Dutugamunu) is a beautful story stated in the Sri Lankan history. Maybe some tragic incidents are already hid- den. “Swarnabhoomi” is a tragic story which talks about that part, demonstrates through the philosophy of King Gamunu.

IRUMBIL PORUTHTHIYA ITHAYAM – 2nd April – 7.00pm

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Director – R. Loganathan

In today’s modern world, technology has contnued to grow very rapidly. Every man needs to fght with modern devices. Robots are startng to come in answer to man as man. Robots are beginning to live on this earth, what will happen to the man? What happens being dominated by science? What is death? What is being born? It is a struggle between man and machine.
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KNOTS – RULES TO BE HAPPILY UNHAPPY – 3rd April – 7.00pm

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Director – Else Marie LaukvikAccording to the “United Naton Commission on Human Rights” there are around 100 million people that live in the street in the world. Unhappiness is painfully necessary… But what is unhappiness? Can we be sure of the happiness or unhappiness of somebody else?
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LAUGHING DREAMS – 3rd April – 7.00pm

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Director – Sachithra RahubaddaOnce upon a tme there was a litle girl called HANSI. She is fond of dreaming. She wants to become an actress too. One day she dreamt that she is actng the role of the King in the drama she is actng. She lives inside that. However at last she gets to know that all that was a part of dream. In fact she was only a soldier. Finally she accepts her fate happily. She does her best for that role.
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LANUWA – 3rd April – 7.00pm

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Director – Randika WimalasuriyaWe use ‘The Rope’ something to bind two things to- gether. ‘The Rope’ is the medium which can bind two separate things together. But we can defne ‘The Rope’ in another way according to the Sinhala Idiom. Giving fake promises and get- tng caught by it is referred as “Lanu Deema” and “Lanu Kema”. I Think we have experienced this in our day to day life. We have not involved to bind something together with the help of a ‘rope’. But we have got caught by many fake things and made fake troubles to others. This is the massage I want to convey through the drama of “Lanuwa” (The Rope).
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SOLO WITH A NOSE – 4th April – 7.00pm

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Michael MiensopustThe puppeteer explores the adventures of “bringing things to life2:strange poetcal creatures transform again and again, surprising us with mutatng shapes. Apparently infexible objects start to move, seem- ingly voiceless things turn into music. “Solo with a Nose” is a litle story of mankind, humorously invitng us to make our own imaginatve discoveries a metaphorical poetcal play, turning the world upside down with pleasure. It shows a graceful and musical kaleidoscope of life, changing and trans- forming contnuously, setng no boundaries to the imaginaton. Director Note
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NAAN YAAR – 4th April – 7.00pm

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Director – Rumesh TharukaHe is You!…You may be also in the same situaton. Isn’t there a soluton for this? He tried his best to fgure it. Asked every one that he could. But what will be the ultmate result? Is it suicide???
His queston is Naan Yaar( Who am I ?)
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MAMA ADAKUMBAI – 4th April – 7.00pm

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Director – Devinda WickramasingheAn experimental drama created using symbolic metaphors and diferent styles. “Mama Adakumbui” drama unfolds when the shining lion in the natonal fag crawls down the rope and deliberates the past and gives a self explanaton. This play is an atempt of an imaginary comedy using a single actor dealing with the sociao-politcal situatons. It won 6 awards including the best producton at the Natonal Youth Drama Festval in 2015
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UNSEEN – 5th April – 7.00pm

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Director –Vishnupad BarveTaking of as a response to an obscure leter ‘Ramabai- Baktritar Upalakhse’ from 1891 atributed to Rabindranath Tagore at the age of 30, ‘Unseen’ soon develops into a critque of how society shapes the idea of femininity or ‘woman’ across cultures. Apparently, Tagore had atended a lecture delivered by the noted social reformer Pandita Ramabai in Pune, where she asserted that ‘woman can do anything that man can except drinking alcohol’.
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BHIMA – 5th April – 7.00pm

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Director:VivekVijayakumaranThe play explores the space between where we come from and where we want to go.The gap between what we are made of and what we are made out to be. How love can lighten and brighten our lives us as much as weigh it down. Passion , Belonging and Individual liberty ! Looking at these ideas through the character of Bhi- ma , the second of the Pandavas from the epic Mahabhara- ta. Also known as the middle one !
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KARANAMA – 6th April – 7.00pm

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Director –Kithmini ShanikaJinadasa is a profcient dancer of traditonal dancing. But he is working as a garment ofcer in administratve insttute.He does not have enough qualifcatons and he doesn’t like his job because he had to get into that awesome life,the desire for dancing becomes hatred. Gradu- ally he begins to hate not only the dancing so the history of his life of dancing is wandering in his mind.
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PODI EKA ENAKAM – 6th April – 7.00pm

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Director – Saman NandanaLong ago news spreads throughout Rome during the reign of King Herrod that a redeemer or a future king is born in a shanty 3 months before. Felonious king orders the army to kill all infants less than three years. A woman named Maria tries to fnd a secure place to hide with her 2 months old child to elude from the king’s army. She comes to a brothel and tells her story to the matron. She says Maria could stay but has to work as sex worker which she refuses. While she leaves a soldier enters and ask the matron for service. The child starts crying and Maria and the child are confronted by the soldier. Matron pleads giving lot of promises but soldier says he has to carry out the king’s orders. What will happen to all three of them?
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SUDU HADAWATH – 6th April – 7.00pm

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Director – Kalum KrishanthiThis is an adaptaton of a Russian cultural short story writ- ten between 1800 – 1900. It talks about the diversity of human beings, how the emotons of humans afect their behavioral paterns, how the society defnes what emerg- es in a human heart and how all these afects the children who are to undertake the future society. I have tried to give a stmulaton to go beyond dependency and models of the adults and to build a mental and spiritual mind set.
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TAP – 6th April – 7.00pm

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Director – Udara VidushankaIt is a complicated task to fulfl the basic needs of the human beings in a socio politcal environment. The old and the young man try to obtain the needs in such a situaton. But they are trapped within the narrow boundaries of the politcal frame. TAP talks about the tragedy faced by these men in a hilarious way.READ MORE