Damayanthi’s debut play Gasthuwa Keeyada at Punchi Theatre
Gasthuwa Keeyada will be staged at the Namel Malini Punchi Theatre,
Colombo 8 on October 5 at 3.30 p.m and 6.45 p.m. There will be a repeat
show at the S.D.S. Jayasinghe Hall, Dehiwala on October 12 at 3.30 p.m
and 6.45 p.m.
Gasthuwa Keeyada is a stage drama directed by popular actress,
Damayanthi Fonseka. It is adopted from the play Farewell in June
published by Alexander Vampilov in 1966.
The play was translated by Amila Kumaratunge. This is his first
translation. He also plays the character of a Cheerful boy.
“Everything has a price” is the underlying theme of the play. The
story is about a group of university students in Soviet Russia. The
drama has a touch of Russian literature with a sense of humour. The
original storyline remains in tact to make the play comprehensible to
the local audience.
The story revolves around a group of university students. The
protagonist Nikolai is played by Dasun Nishan. He falls in love with the
Vice Chancellor’s daughter Thariya Kennedy. The Vice Chancellor has a
grudge against the younger generation. He threatens to withhold his
degree unless Nikolai ends his relationship with his daughter.
Nikolai meets an old horticulturist who tells him, “Every honest man
has a price to pay for his honesty.” What one has to do is just to offer
the right price. The characters of Bukin (played by Udara Rajapaksha)
and Masha (played by Dinakshi Priyasad) and the marriage that takes
place between them helps to keep the drama alive and humorous.
Except Charith Senadeera and Jagath Wijenayaka the rest of the cast
consists of many youth new to the stage Altogether there are 13 actors
in the play.
The stage manager is Anil K. Wijesinghe. The music is directed by
Darshan Kumar. The costume designer is Sandya Jayasuriya. The set
designer is Sanjay Edirisinghe and the make-up is by Ramesh Mathageweera.
The play is organised by Jude Srimal. “Stage is a school,” say the
students who inspired me to train them,” Damayanthi Fonseka said.
Gasthuwa Keeyada is my first stage play in which I play one of the
main characters and it was the drama in which I introduced myself to the
film Industry. I turned a new chapter in my life in 2013 when I met
Damayanthi Fonseka with my partner Tharya Kennedy. I was practising for
a dance competition. Then we decided to join her drama school,” Udara