The famed Lionel Wendt Art Centre in Colombo once again features prominently in this month’s offering of not-to-be-missed theatrical productions in the capital.
Pem Yuwalak Onaakara Thibe
Love on screen collides with real-life love in this Udayasiri Wickramaratne-directed production starring Amiththa Weerasinghe, Hemantha Iriyagama, Wasantha Vitachchi, Thushari Gunarathna, Sudharshana Bandara, Theruni Ashangsa, Pradeep Aragama, Ishara Wickremasinghe, and Chamari Nisansala.
With a powerful musical score by Lalith Wickremaratne, and Sweenitha Subasinghe’s costumes, Udayasiri manages to tease some fine performance out of this mini ‘comic opera’.
Thursday June 23, New Town Hall, 3.30pm & 7pm
Nari Bena Samaga and Jasaya Saha Lenchina
These two popular dramas by Dayananda Gunawardena bring Sinhala folk tales to life with colourful costumes and attention-grabbing backdrops that are designed to please.
Starring Bandura Wijeweera, Rodney Warnakula, Sarath Kulanga, Tharanda Kumari, Ranhassheela Perera, Sunil Thilakaratne, Nilmini Kottegoda, Jayanath Bandara, and Indika Jayasinghe.
Friday June 24, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, 7pm
Another of Dayananda Gunawardena’s renowned musical dramas, it was first staged in 1983, and is back by popular demand.
Saturday June 25, Lionel Wendt Art Centre, 7pm
Premawantha Kumarayo (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
Pictured above, this Sinhala version of Shakespeare’s delightful fantasy drama is directed by Priyankara Ratnayake and produced by Lal Handapangoda. A real one off!.
Saturday June 25, Dharmaraja College Auditorium, 2.30pm & 6.30pm
The legend of King Sinhabahu
Sri Lanka’s celebrated dramatist Prof Ediriweera Sarachchandra based this play on the legend of King Sinhabahu, offspring of a royal princess and a lion, with the drama enhanced by beautifully choreographed dance sequences.
Sunday June 26, Tower Hall, 3.30pm & 6.30pm