Tragi-comic musical on Colombo dwellers
The award winning dramatist Indika Ferdinando's latest Sinhala
language theatre production, "Colombo Colombo" is to go on the boards at
the John De Silva Memorial Hall on Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
'Colombo Colombo' is a play based on four incidents that take place
at four different locations within the city of Colombo. These incidents
involve four pairs of lovers and conclude with a dilemma that no longer
allows them to accept each other's presence in their life. At the root
of these events, we discover socio-political and ethical influences that
determine the unhappy predicament of these couples.
A scene from “Colombo
Although these incidents take place in four different locations in
Colombo, they represent the issues prevalent in every corner of this
Island. 'Colombo Colombo' attempts to look critically at some of the
influences that transform human relationships and lead them into
conflict; the social and political system that constantly infiltrates
those human relationships; and the collective indifference with which
the public nurtures the system that severely influences their lives.
'Colombo Colombo' is a tragi-comic musical play and an experimental
theatre endeavour that consists of a compilation of independent scenes
and does not conform to a linear story line. However, the scenes are
cohesively linked by the appearances of several significant characters
that are common to all the events.
Another important aspect of this play is the use of the guitar and
the human body as musical instruments, while the actors collectively
play the roles of musician, singer and dancer. At times, 'Colombo
Colombo' takes a stab at transcending reason and reality. It is
fast-paced, theatrical, and bursting with energy. It attempts to tap
into the imagination and create a fresh theatre experience for the Sri
Saumya Liyanage, one of the incomparable actor in Sri Lankan theatre
plays the key role in 'Colombo Colombo' and Anasuya Subasinghe, Jagath
Chamila, Atula Jayasinghe, Sarath Karunaratne, Upul Weerasinghe,
Thilanka Gamage and Nadika Somathilake are taking part at the play.
'Colombo Colombo' is a work for the theatre which addresses modern
day issues faced by Colombo dwellers. Its protagonists are four couples
caught up in their own personal experiences at four different locations.
A tragi-comedy by nature, it brings in a novel aspect of theatre
performance, with the physical form of the guitar being used both as a
musical instrument and also as a character in the play. The drama also
brings together versatile set designer Pradeep Chandrasiri who has won
the State Drama Award for Set Design for several consecutive years, as
well as Thushan Dias as Lighting Designer, backed by many years of
experience and a range of productions to his credit in both the Sinhala
and English stage. His lighting design includes Workshop Players'
Productions of Les Miserables and Lion King, Jehan Allociaus's Ritual
and Pyramus and Thisby and Steve de la Zilva's Equus.
The drama is presented by Theatre Plus, which was formed as an
experimental platform for theatre practitioners and looks into various
aspects of theatre production and related research. Its membership
consists of experienced theatre practitioners and academics and works
with a sound practical orientation.