Rajitha Dissanayake’s latest play Siriwardane Pawla (Siriwardane Family) will be performed at the Mahanama College Auditorium, Colombo on June 6 at 3.30 pm.
Siriwardane Pawla revolves around a young man who tries to become a popular star by competing in a TV reality show. The young man, Supun, and his family, consider this stardom to be a ticket to achieving a respectable place in a society, where almost all other avenues of social mobility have been blocked.
Focusing on a single family’s dreams, the play highlights how the corporate media manipulates society. It also shows the predicament of those who pursue false ideals propagated by the media and how they lose their humanity in the process.
In the last two decades, Rajitha Dissanayake has produced popular and award-winning plays like Weeraya Merila, Sihina Horu Aran, Apahu Herenna Be, Bakamoona Veedi Basi and most recently Adara Wasthuwa. His scripts focus on socio-political issues and have drawn crowds, sparked debate, won awards and toured internationally.
The cast of Siriwardane Pawla comprises Jayani Senanayake, Dayadeva Edirisinghe, Nadeeshani Peliarachchi, Shyam Fernando, Anuradha Mallawarachchi, Pasan Ranaweera, Devinda Wickramasinghe, Kasun Chathuranga and Charindra Chandrasena.
The set design is done by Dharmapriya Dias while music is handled by Kapila Poogalarachchi. Lighting, costume design and make-up are in the hands of Ranga Samarakoon, Nalir Lusena and Samadara Mabulage and Priyantha Dissanayake respectively. Shyam Fernando will be the stage manager, and assisted by Vijith Nuwan and Charindra Chandrasena.