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A Kolam Maduwa Presentation A contemporary comedy in English spiced with a few Ceylonisms. Written and directed by Sunil de Silva with a cast of recent, and not so recent, migrants from Sri Lanka enjoying the luxury of laughing at themselves
28 and 29 June, 5 and 6 July 2014 Lighthouse Theatre, Macquarie University, Sydney
A review by Raj Gonsalkorale
In an interview with the SBS Sinhala service, writer, director and one of the lead actors, Sunil de Silva, stated that his intention was to present a lighthearted comedy revolving around a migrant family from Sri Lanka displaying the typical characteristics of "Olu Bakko", a form of stage drama in Sri Lanka where actors wearing oversize papier mache heads depicting known public characters displaying and exaggerating the quirks and foibles of each character. Olu Bakkos depicted swollen headed individuals pretending to be who they were not and in the play, these Lankan migrants demonstrate a false sense of wealth, grandeur and social stature, when in fact they are neither wealthy, nor of any significant social standing.
Sunil de Silva and his cast of actors achieved the objectives set out by them. The play evoked much laughter, even hysterical laughter from some. In a light hearted way, the migrant couple central to the play, a physician and his wife, especially the doctor's wife initially do everything possible to stand in the way of their daughter from getting to know a young recent migrant. A qualified but poor jobless engineer. A stark transformation takes place when luck strikes the young man when the doctor and wife do an about-turn to capture the young man for their daughter, displaying their shallowness and false sense of values.
Interwoven to the plot are Sri Lankan characters with their quirks and foibles, all eyeing opportunities to either extract some favour of the other, monetarily, or win favour to have their sons or daughters married to money or a higher station in life. A politician turned astrologer who resorts witchcraft including the use of "magic powder" to draw his daughter towards the now eligible young engineer, his hapless wife who continues to live in hope that her life and her daughter's will change when she sees some light at the end of the tunnel with the development of the story of the young migrant engineer. A well coiffured lady of advancing age who thinks differently and who sees an opportunity to extract money from the young engineer for her planned upmarket restaurant and imagines there is an opportunity for physical closeness to the engineer (for herself) and/or her daughter and a typical marriage broker of yester year from Sri Lanka, add spice to the story and the play.
Sunil de Silva was inspired by the Crowther stage drama 'The Dowry Hunter' which had played to packed houses in Sri Lanka with the inimitable ECB Wijeyasinhe in the lead role. He also drew on Dr Palitha Ganewatta's books 'Le Huru Suwanda' and 'Avith Noratakata' which he had translated as these novels dealt with the trials and tribulations of Sri Lankan migrants integrating into the Australian life style.
The play was well directed and well-acted although the second half of the play could have been shorter. The role of the Astrologer could have been edited as its contribution in terms of its length did not add extra value to the overall thrust of the play. No doubt the well-acted role produced plenty of entertainment! The time so saved could have been used to make the final scene, the party, an anticlimax for the Bakkos, an even better finale. The play may also benefit from having fewer themes woven into its fabric or the components of some of the themes (like the magic powder episode) could have been avoided or of shorter duration using them as punch lines and acts, with the attendant amusement rather than a sense of slight boredom.
However, all in all, it was an enjoyable play and well worth the time spent at the Lighthouse Theatre. In terms of acting, while all actors did their parts well, the evening's star was the Doctor's wife, Nimmi, so well played by Mozelle Ediriweera.
An event held in honor of the birth centenary of Prof. Ediriwira Sarachchandra and to commemorate his 18th death anniversary. An enjoyable evening of Sarachchandra's drama songs and acts. Presented by Yashodhara, Kusumsiri and the Sri Lankan Theatre Group Melbourne.
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The Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum – Sydney* is pleased to have arranged the screening of acclaimed film maker Prasanna Vithanage's 'Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka' – 'Piragu' –' With you without you' on Sunday 31 August 12:45pm to 3pm.
The film reflects the language diversity of Sri Lanka being a Sinhala/Tamil bilingual film with English subtitles.
Sri Lankan film maker, Prasanna Vithanage (b.1962 -) won Best Feature Film at the 2013 Asia Pacific Film Award on the Gold coast for Oba Nathuwa Oba Ekka (With You, Without You) Piragu. It is being released simultaneously across cities in India.
This is his 7th (2012) and most recent film, had its world premier in the "World Greats" section at the 39th Montreal International Film Festival.
Prasanna, on the adaptation of the Russian novella for this film says,
"Why did I make With You, Without You?
When I was reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella The Meek One over and over again, two things plunged into my mind. One is its probe into masculinity and the second is questioning how consumerist values deprive people of human connection. When adapting this novella for film, I based it upon the biggest issue facing our country, which is the ethnic conflict. We live in a society which still has unhealed wounds from a war that lasted over 30 years, killing over tens of thousands of people. Confrontation between a man from the majority Sinhalese and a woman from the Tamil minority became the dramatic premise of my script. Their struggle with their own past for me was a metaphor for the struggles of the nation as a whole."
Don't miss this opportunity to see a film that has excited much discussion in Film and Art circles.
See attached Flyer for further information. Please forward to others who may be interested.
Reading Rhodes Cinemas has ample parking.
*See the webpage of the Sri Lanka Reconciliation Forum – Sydney http://www.slreconsyd.org.au/
Spread knowledge not stigma! Paws of our pet dogs and positive thinking will help the Hills Shire residents create a healthy and happy shire on the 31st August 2014. After three fantastic annual events since 2011, Mind Connections Specialist Mental Health Services present 'Pawsitive Steps towards Mental Health' in partnership with the Hills Shire Council. The event is a giant leap in reducing the stigma associated with mental illnesses.
This year, the event will be on August 31st from 9am – 10am at Castle Hill Showground. The organisers are happy to open opportunities to all mental health service providers in the Shire and surrounds to showcase their services. Our mission of combining all mental health service providers to be available to the community for promotion of wellbeing, healthy lifestyle, harmony and happiness in addition to prevention of mental illness are much appreciated by the local community.
Last year, politicians, Olympic swimmer Petria Thomas and leaders of community groups walked side by side to solidarity and that they were proud to be part of a great cause.
This year, the location is ideal, at the Castle Hill Dog Arena and Pavilion. The event has been revamped to make everyone, canines and humans alike, feel special. We look forward to a day that allows us to continue our great relationships with sponsors, designers, press, and the community.
With 10 weeks to go, organisers have kicked into top gear and we are committed to making this event as memorable as can be. Anyone interested in getting involved as a sponsor, community member, mental health service provider, NGO, member of the press, or volunteering should contact Dr Padmini Howpage via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit www.mentalhealthspecialists.com.au and click on the 'Pawsitive Steps' link or visit the Hills Shire Council website at http://www.thehills.nsw.gov.au/Paws-in-the-Park.html We look forward to seeing you at Castle Hill Showground on August 31st 2014 at 9am.
Contact the Organisers Dr Padmini Howpage Mobile : 040 4880 160. Mind Connections Carlingford (office): 02 9871 7777.
2013 walkers on the day with pets on the move
Olympian Petria Thomas and her husband leading the walk in 2013
Dr Michelle Byrne, The Mayor of the Hills council with Dr Padmini Howpage Psychiatrist from Mind Connections with pets on the walk accompanied by major sponsors The Hills Hospital and Kellyville Pets
Australia and New Zealand will host the ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP 2015
14 Feb. 2015 vs England at the MCG 21 Feb. vs Bangladesh at the Gabba 28 Feb. vs New Zealand at Eden Park 4 Mar. vs Afghanistan at the WACA 8 Mar. vs Sri Lanka at the SCG 14 Mar. vs Scotland at Bellerive
20 Mar. Quarter Final 3 at Adelaide 21 Mar. Quarter Final 4 at Wellington 24 Mar. Semi Final 1 at Eden Park 26 Mar. Semi Final 2 at SCG 29 Mar. FINAL at MCG
Commonwealth Youth Forum An inspiring performance from the Commonwealth Youth Forum currently taking place in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Full praise to the persons who planned and choreographed this performance!
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