Celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, “Gladiator Premaya” (Gladiator Love), an original stage play in Sinhala will go on boards at 3.30 and 6,45 p.m on March 19 at Punchi Theatre, Borella.
Jointly presented by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) Women and Media Collective, ‘Gladiator Premaya’ is based on certain Sri Lankan contemporary social issues. They are dramatized on stage to bring forth the youth point of view of the issues. Created by the youth theatre artistes who have successfully completed the Diploma Programme in Drama and Theatre conducted by award winning actress and playwright, Kaushalya Fernando in 2009.
The Diploma programme entails all round training such as acting, script writing and analysis, directing, movement and vocal training. For over 25 years, the LCYTF has been training numerous talented youth who are at present engaged in the work of both theatre and film industry at professional level in Sri Lanka.
The story line and the script of the play have been developed by the young theatre artistes, who have completed the training in Drama and Theatre arts at LCYTF. Development of the script was done under the supervision of Namal Jayasinghe. Namal was the chief resource person of the script writing and analysis section of the diploma programme.
The play is co-directed by Prasanna Mahagamage and Namal Jayasinghe. Prasanna works with Kaushalya on the acting, directing and movements sections of the diploma programme. Both Namal and Prasanna joined Play House-Kotte in 1997 and obtained their training in theatre arts at LCYTF.
Gladiator Premaya cast includes Wishvajith Gunasekera, Priyantha Sin Kumara, Nadishani Weliwita, Harsha Thennekoon, Sulochana Weerasinghe, Nadishani Padmasiri, Geetha Alahakoon, Mayura Kanchana, Nilanka Dahanayake and Dilip Kumara.