Mind Adventures presents 'Paraya', directed by Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, from the 18th to 21st September at the Hotel Rio, Slave Island.

  • Hotel Rio, Slave Island
Mind Adventures presents 'Paraya', directed by Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke, runs from the 18th to 21st September at the Hotel Rio, Slave Island.

Tracy Holsinger was kind enough to invite me for a rehearsal of Paraya, a play that’s opening this Wednesday the 18th. Where is the interesting part, it’s at the former Hotel Rio, a bombed out ruin next to the current Rio Cinema. The Rio we all know and drive by is an active soft porn theatre (currently screening Virgin Hunter, or Vergin Hunter, as they spell it outside). The Rio Hotel has been closed forever and it’s a post-apocalyptic wonderland, as is the play. For the performance you get to wander around the space and follow characters as you choose, which makes for a very interesting experience.

As an note, this play is not really for old people or kids. There are no seats per se and the site is definitely not disabled friendly. You enter through a gate next to the porno theatre, cross a bridge (yeah) and then go up some stairs and turn right to what was once a pool. The now drained poolside is the main stage, as much as there is one. That’s where the first scene plays out, where all the characters are together. From there the characters all disperse and you can follow them to what I think were six different locations. The play loops twice so can follow more characters, but you’ll never get it all. (

[Mind Adventures is an experimental English theatre company based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was founded in 1999, and has gained renown for producing thought-provoking work, experimenting with theatrical genres and performing in unusual spaces.

It has performed several notable plays by playwrights such as Ariel Dorfman, David Hare, Alfred Jarry, Maria Irene Fornes and Enda Walsh. The company also promotes the work of local playwrights, and has staged the plays of Seneka Abeyratne, MASii and most recently, Jithendra Senevirathne.]

Call 0777 564 664 to reserve seats. For more information, please visit their Facebook Page.

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