A STAGES THEATRE GROUP PRODUCTION
Opened – 24th May 2012
Lionel Wendt Theatre
Colombo – Sri Lanka
INTRO TO PLAY
In November, 2010, 13 women of the stage, were invited by Ruwanthie de Chickera to come together to look at their experiences of motherhood, through the lens of theatre.
The women invited to participate in this exercise are women from the Sinhala and English stage in Sri Lanka, who at some point in their lives, were good enough artists to make a career out of it. Women who subsequently married and are now bringing up children. Some of them have left the theatre. Some of them hope to return. Some of them never left.
Through anonymous identities created under this project, for one year the women responded to writing tasks sent out by Ruwanthie de Chickera. By November 2011, one year after they began writing, seven such tasks had been completed and a bilingual manuscript of 300 pages was born.
In May 2012, the women of this project came together to perform excerpts from the seven writing tasks that made up their Manuscript.
Running time – 90 mins (no interval)
Language – English & Sinhala
‘Searing, powerful but simple staging ideas, through constant playfulness with dialogue… relying solely on the power of the dialogue and the potency of the performer. The reading made me think, it made me laugh – and it made me miss my mother’ Subha Wijesiriwardena, Subha’s Blog
‘…a delicious and unapologetic romp into the world of motherhood’ Prashani Rambukwella, Gratiaen award-winning author of “Mythil’s Secret”
‘Plays such as this fall into a genre of theatre which need to be vociferously encouraged and endorsed, as they have the ability to serve as a major catalyst in constant remembrance to a gradually degenerating fabric of society, of questioning and reinforcing communal and individual values. It drives home the importance of recognizing and being in touch with each other’s human emotions’ Radhieka Peeris, Ceylon Today
‘”Cast as Mother” effectively explored the multidimensionality of the lives of these women, irreducible to this single socially-sanctioned role. It was not however a breast-beating militant railing against society’s attitudes to motherhood but a sensitive and emotive yet equally irreverent and humorous foray into what it means to be a contemporary mother’ Harshana Rambukwella, Groundviews
‘Cast As Mother’ – is currently available for commissioning. Contact us for more details:
Stages Theatre Group
530D, Lake Road, Wickramasinghapura,
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CAST AS MOTHER – MAIN CREDITS
Created and Directed by – Ruwanthie de Chickera
Written by – Chamila Pieris
Izhara Huzair Zubair
Nayomi Samudrika Gunasiri
Ruwanthie de Chickera
Produced by – Stages Theatre Group
CAST AS MOTHER was supported by – The Sunera Foundation and the Women & Media Collective
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