history

History

Stages Theatre Group was founded in 2000 as a theatre group with a commitment to cutting edge, high quality, and original Sri Lankan theatre on pressing social issues.

During its first 8 years, Stages produced 9 original plays and performed in 9 cities overseas, participated in 7 international theatre festivals and 2 international theatre collaborations.

In around 2008 Stages Theatre Group went into hibernation, as some of us ventured into film, marriage, England, motherhood, and other strange lands…

In 2012, we revived ourselves along a few new lines, a few old lines…

 

First Production – Two times Two is Two – July 2000
Last Production – Forum at the Punchi – March 2008
Founder Members – Ruwanthie de Chickera, Gihan de Chickera, Amal de Chickera, Shakthi Ranatunga, Deanne Uyangoda, Prasad Pereira, Michael de Soyza.

Productions – Local

  • 2000, July – Two times Two is Two (English) – British Council Hall, Colombo
  • 2000, August – Two times Two is Two (English) – British Council Hall, Colombo
  • 2001, July – ‘CHECKPOINT – three strangely normal plays’ (English) – British Council Hall, Colombo
  • 2001, August – CHECKPOINT – three strangely normal plays’ (English) – British Council Hall, Colombo
  • 2001, September, – The Last Elephant (English/Sinhala) – Lionel Wendt, Colombo
  • 2002, June – Filling the Blanks (English/Sinhala)– British Council hall, Colombo
  • 2002, June – Two times Two is Two (English) – British Council Hall, Colombo
  • 2002, August- Filling the blanks, (English/Sinhala) – YMCA Hall, UduvilGrils School, Jaffna
  • 2003, March – The Mirror Making Factory (English/Sinhala) – Lionel Wendt, Colombo
  • 2003, May – The Mirror Making Factory (English/Sinhala) – Lionel Wendt, Colombo
  • 2003, Two times Two is Two – (English) – Lionel Wendt, Colombo
  • 2004, January – A Poet a Puppet and Papadam (English/Sinhala) – Lionel Wendt, Colombo
  • 2006, September ‘CHECKPOINT – three strangely normal plays’ (English) British School Auditorium, Colombo
  • 2007, September – CHECKPOINT – three strangley normal plays Trinity College Hall, Kandy.
  • 2008, March – Forum at the Punchi– (English/Sinhala) Punchi Theatre, Colombo

Productions – Foreign

  • 2001, November, Last Bus eke Kathawa,(English) New Delhi
  • 2002, July – Filling the blanks (English/Sinhala) Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Contact Theatre, Manchester
  • 2002, July, Last Bus eke Kathawa, Commonwealth Games Cultural Festival, Contact Theatre, Manchester
  • 2003, January,Two times Two is Two (English) Bharat rang MahaUtsav Festival, New Delhi
  • 2004, Last Bus eke KathawaJapan Foundation Hall, Tokyo
  • 2005, November, CHECKPOINT – three strangley normal playsWIPSA Festival of South Asian Theatre, Lucknow, Varanasi and Bubhaneshwar
  • 2005, November, CHECKPOINT – three strangely normal playsBahuroopiNational Theatre Festival, Mysore
  • 2006, January–CHECKPOINT – three strangely normal playsBharat rang MahaUtsav Festival, National School of Drama, Delhi
  • 2006, January – CHECKPOINT three strangely normal plays –Bharat rang MahaUtsav Satellite Festival, Calcatta
  • 2007, August –CHECKPOINT three strangely normal plays- ‘MetroFest’,Chennai

International Partnerships

  • 2002 – Contacting the World writing collaboration.An international writing collaboration, with another youth group in Scotland, as part of the Contacting the World, Youth Theatre Festival. Five young writers from the English and Sinhala stage created the play Filling the Blanks through this collaboration.
  • 2004 – Memories of a Legend – Ruwanthie de Chickerawas selected to be part of a unique theatrical experiment conducted by the Japan Foundation, where five directors representing the five countries of the SAARC region were asked to collaborate on a single production.

Workshops

Several workshops conducted in Sri Lanka and also overseas.
The two most sustained were the Year Long weekly workshop conducted with the Clinets of Sahanaya – the National Institute for Mental Health – which culminated in the production of The Mirror Making Factory, 2003; and the four month long workshops conducted for a group of Kurdish Refugees in Manchester – which also culminated in a production which was staged as part of the Refugee Festival in Manchester in 2001.