Functioning as a non-professional theatre group for the last 15 years, Stages has been able to produce high quality theatre because of help that has come our way in many different forms. Sometimes it’s been money, often it has been access to rehearsal space, it has also been time and talents shared.
We have been lucky in that, though it has never been easy, we have always managed to do what we set out to do with the help we have received.
We have broken down the help that we have received into areas of Sponsorship, Donations and Expertise.
Finding the money to do a production or run a programme is generally the most ‘passed around’ responsibility in our theatre group. It could even be viewed as the punishment corner… Because really, it is not easy to ask people for money. It is always much nicer when people offer you money before you ask them, because they believe in your work.
We are incredibly lucky because this has actually happened to us.
We remember with great affection and gratitude Sunethra Bandaranaike, Nimal Brekenreidge, Indian Ambassador Hon. Ghandi, Dialog, F.G.N. Mendis of Delmege, Valli Mohideen of Rithihi, Lilamani Dias Benson, Sithie Tiruchelvam and the NT Trust, KPMG, Radhika Coomaraswamy, ICES, Steve de la Zilwa, Sahanaya – National Council for Mental Health, James Thompson – all who gave before we asked, commissioned us before they knew what we were going to do. Your act of faith in the work of artistes and your recognition of the importance of investing in arts and culture is hugely important to us and to the development of our society and country.
Even in situations where we have had to ask for money, we have been very fortunate. We have had very supportive and generous responses – and we have managed to cultivate good relationships. We remember our past sponsors – Commercial Bank, Unilever, the India Sri Lanka Foundation, the British Council, Dian Gomez, Brandix, Mobitel, Achievers Lanka Business School (Pvt) Ltd, NDB, Carsons Management Services Pvt. Ltd, The Academy of Business Studies, Gayanthri Jayasinghe, Yamuna Ganeshan, Airport and Aviation Services, Sri Lankan Airlines, Nations Trust Bank, for the manner in which you gave, as much as what you gave. Thank you for investing in society through supporting local theatre. We look forward to a mutually beneficial continuing relationship with you.
When we have had media sponsors, we have enjoyed working with The Sunday Times, The Daily Mirror, Lankadeepa, TNL Radio, Leisure Times, Living, Adoh, Explore Lanka, Smart Media, Lite FM, Sirasa TV/FM, Yes FM, and ETV.
Thank you to those who have helped us with publicity – Smriti Daniel, Dilshan Boange, Renuka Sathanandan, Duvindi Illankoon, Ramesh Uvais, Susitha Fernando, Shabnam Farook, Chamila Priyanka, Sandun Gamage, Samantha Yahampath, Niroshan Prematilake and many more…
We hope that more and more individuals and organizations recognize the value and wisdom in investing in the culture of a society and give more and more liberally to the arts.
Support for our work is not always about giving money. At times the most important thing we need is a space to work in, think in, and rehearse in.
We would like to thank – Ouida Keuneman, Kanchana Thalpawella, Duleep and Geetha de Chickera, Nadira and Adam, Maria De Almeida, Kaushy and Chandana Aluthge, Charmain Colomboge, Irangani Serasinghe, Khema, Chloe de Soyza, Sithi Tiruchelvam, Ein Lal, Rev. Melvin de Silva & Mayanthi de Silva, Bernadine Anderson of Le Petit Fleur and Shanthi Dias of Methodist College – all of you who opened up wonderful spaces for us to work and create theatre in.
When we finally get our own space we will invite you all over for one big party!
Stages has always gotten by ‘with a little help from our friends.’ People, not directly linked with theatre, but who have come in and then stayed on, and helped us in whatever way they could.
We have had a string of Sri Lanka’s best professional and amateur photographers hanging around taking pictures – Deshan Tennakoon, Devaka Seneviratne, Prauda Buwaneka, Chanuka Thiyambarawatta, Ruvin de Silva, Sachini Perera, and Chris Tribble.
We like to mention specially the giant-hearted and giant-spirited Sanjaya Senanayaka – who just appeared in our lives one day – no one quite remembers when – and helped us with all our video documentation.
We have had writers and editors who have helped us with – well, writing and editing – Nadya Perera, Prashani Rambukwella, Harshana Rambukwella, Niroshini Koralage, Athula Senevirathne, and Nishantha Paranagama.
We have had software designers, artists, videographers and editors who have helped us with the various jobs that we have had to do… Dino Corera, Ranesh Nanayakkara, Venura Balasuriya – and the unforgetable Sanjaya Senanayaka.
People who have come in to help us with advice on how to run our theatre company – Peter Rezel, Sharmini Ratwatte, Sandya Salgado, Chathura Hewamallika, Marie Perera. Thank you to Priya Niles for helping us with our accounts.
Sound designers and musicians who have opened up their studios for us – Ranil Goonawardene, Kasun Kalhara, Tariq Musafa.
Very special thanks to Pathum Egodawatta and his dedicated crew at La-lu Collective who came in to design this web site and with other design elements to our work.
Finally to Dr. Nalin Perera, who keeps almost all of us healthy in body and mind – a big thank you!
Patrons of Stages
We will be starting a programme of allowing people to partner with our work and vision by coming forward as Patrons of Stages. If you are interested in supporting the core vision of Stages and upholding us in our efforts to use theatre to build a more integrated and just society, please write to us.