Somalatha Subasinghe Theater Festival for Young Audiences
Somalatha Subasinghe Theater Festival for Young Audiences.
Somalatha Subasinghe Play House presents its annual theatre festival for children from 7th to 9th December, 2018 at the Lionel Wendt Theatre.
The festival will feature the following three plays produced by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House:
Ratmalee (Red Riding Hood) and Thoppi Velenda (The Hat Seller) written and directed by Somalatha Subasinghe on 7th December 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm.
“Walas Pawula” (The Three Bears and Goldilocks) written by Somalatha Subasinghe and directed by Chandana Aluthge on 8th and 9th December at 3.30 pm and 7.00 pm.
Ratmalee, Thoppi Velenda and Walas PawulaBased on international and fairy tales and local folk tale, these musical productions are produced with the intention of instilling in children, a sense of basic art forms and pride in our own culture. They also encourage them to understand the importance of family and its values. In addition, the lessons of love, humanity, responsibility, hard work and world awareness are refreshingly presented in these plays.
In the adaptations, new characters and situations have been incorporated to facilitate an intellectual discourse with the Sri Lankan child and action and humour on stage are subtly missed to provide the audiences with an aesthetic journey of entertainment.
Thoppi Velenda (The Hat Seller) is a prescribed text for Grade seven Sinhala Language and literature of the national curriculum. Thoppi Velenda has been performed in many a number of children’s threatre festivals in France, India, Bangladesh, Australia and South Korea.
If you grew up with Somalatha Subasinghe’s plays and enjoyed them as a child, now is the time for you to introduce them to your children. And if neither you nor your child has ever seen them, then this theatre festival is the ideal opportunity to do so.
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