A comedy at its best
The maestro of comedies Wilson Gunaratne has updated his latest
creation Charitha Atak political satire to give viewers a stress free
evening. The comedy had indeed the power to keep the audience in fits of
laughter from the beginning to the end.
Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring your mind and body
back into balance than a good laugh.
Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hopes, connects you to others
and helps you grounded, focused and alert.
With so much power to heal and renew, the ability to laugh easily and
frequently is a tremendous resource for surrounding problems enhancing
your relationships, supporting both physical and emotional health.
A scene from the play
Wilson Gunaratne portrayed eight characters with his versatile team
at the Bishop’s College auditorium recently.
Charitha Atak revolves around an aircraft which has been grounded for
the past 63 years, unable to be airborne due to the obstacles to the
development programs of the country and it gives a clear picture about
opportunities, time-servers and inefficient bureaucracy.
The play gives a clue to the pilot and his crew members that if the
appropriate well-designed plans could be implemented, the “Dreamland’
Aircraft could be airborne to make a successful and a comfortable
journey for the passengers who have been looking forward to a
comfortable and a safe journey.
Internationally acclaimed actor Gunaratne’s newest creation has been
updated with the current issues.
He is a genius at word play. He is also a master of the spoken
language and has about him a suave urbane wit which comes only to a
person who has read and travelled extensively, and who has the ability
to utilise all the experience to his advantage as an actor.
His mimicking of certain politicians and the Italian professor who
comes as the seventh character in the play is commendable. His task of
portraying eight characters and creating Charitha Atak is mainly to
enhance the dignity of the country. As the play flows the viewers would
agree that what the ‘Dreamland” aircraft needs to be airborne is unity,
peace and harmony.
Charitha Atak portrays the political scenario of Sri Lanka.
The audience enjoyed the updated version with the appropriate changes
and that was why the play was not dull or uninteresting. The play was
very well received by different strata of society and the audience said
that it was an excellent comedy, designed for everyone to enjoy. The
play is of international standard. It’s a play for all generations,
today and tomorrow. Gunaratne is very intelligent and observant and
keeps himself well informed of current trends, thereby bringing out a
lot of originality in the situation, which most often becomes ‘big hits’
Gunaratne’s performance of eight characters was of a very high
standard and his penchant for humour is of international standard. There
was no double meaning or any unsavoury language used in the roles he
There was no doubt that he has an abundance of talent and confidence
in playing eight characters, which he portrayed so competently and in a
The task of portraying eight characters with eight voices is a big
The script was written by Gunaratne and Chandratilak Gunaratne.
The cast includes Wilson Gunaratne, Gamini Hettiarachchi, Keerthi
Bandara, Harry Wimalasena, G. Chandrathilak, Premaratne Thennakoon,
Kasun Chamara, Suresh Wettasinghe, Lanka Wijesiriwardane, Indunil
Seyathgedara, Janaka Wasantha Kumara and Suranga Perera.