Continuing our ties with Rwanda, Ruwanthie de Chickera, our Artistic Director, and Tracy Holsinger from the Mind Adventures Theatre Company staged two performance pieces including a monologue at the 2nd Edition of the Ubumuntu Arts Festival in Kigali, Rwanda, July 2016.
The performances, titled “Tomorrow is Another Country”, were devised based on interviews conducted with seniors born in the 1930’s under the “Dear Children, Sincerely…” Project.
On the occasion of World Refugee Day on 20th June 2016, 10 countries performed “The Syrian Monologues” in support and solidarity with the Syrian refugee crisis.
Initiated by Iman Aoun of Ashtar for Theatre Productions and Training (the creator of the Gaza Monologues, 2010), the Syrian Monologues were performed in Palestine, UK, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Sri Lanka, featuring true stories of Syrian refugees around the world about their fleeing saga. In September 2015, ASHTAR Theatre worked with 120 Syrian refugees in Amman. The refugees came to Jordan from Dara’a, Hums, and the suburbs of Damascus, and the monologues are the result of a writing workshop given to 20 of the participants by Iman Aoun.
Stages Theatre Group in collaboration with Mind Adventures Theatre Company, Sri Lanka, Performed 4 monologues – one each in English and Tamil and two in Sinhalese, directed by Jayampathi Guruge and Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke – sponsored by the Goethe Institut Sri Lanka.
For more information visit http://www.ashtar-theatre.org/the-syrian-monologues.html
Photo credits: Prauda Buwaneka
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WALKING PATH performed at the Prithvi theatre in Juhu, and Sitara Studio in Dadar, Mumbai on the 19th and 20th of December 2014 after being selected as one of the top 5 plays to perform at the Thespo 16 youth theatre festival.
One highlight of this show was that a bunch of talented and enthusiastic young actors and actresses from India was also a part of the cast of WALKING PATH! The play went on boards with just two rehearsals with our Indian friends!
The director, Jayampathi Guruge together with the cast and crew brought home 4 out 5 awards given at the festival – Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Production Design, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Play!
Performing at the Prithvi Theatre (click on the link to check out their website) was a novel experience for the whole cast; the hall, though a closed space, has an amphitheatre touch to it, with a three-sided thrust stage. Although of course WALKING PATH is a play without words, it has to be said that the acoustics at this venue are remarkable!
Their next venue, Sitara Studio (click on the link to check out their website), was an experimental performance space. Set at the end of a tiny alleyway, it looks nothing like a place that can host a play… but as soon as you step over the threshold, the atmosphere transforms itself completely, and it allowed team Thespo to magically create a theatre within.
WALKING PATH – a play without words, having concluded its final performance in Colombo on the 21st and 22nd of November, 2014 is now gearing up to go on boards at the Prithvi Theatre and Sitara Studio in Mumbai on the 19th and 20th of December, 2014.
WALKING PATH was selected to be a part of Thespo 16, a festival celebrating young talent in theatre, held 15th – 21st December 2014. Click here to read what Thespo is all about !
Log on to the Thespo 16 website to find out more.
This far on in the production process, most of the play has been established. At this rehearsal the actors and the director discussed the run they had had previously and worked on ironing out the gaps in the play. They realized that to smoothen the flow, they needed to add a filler scene that would help things along. They talked about what ideas needed to be represented in that scene and then worked on devising it. They chose to represent the main themes of technology hindering human interaction, and tie it to the walking path culture. The actors, in twos and threes, were tasked with coming up with three moments that occur on the walking paths where phones interrupt the calm and create a distance in relationships. After the actors presented their ideas of exercise and relaxation, three scenarios were chosen to be put together to create the scene.