Pudgalikai Rahasigathai to make its debut

Sinhala theatre in Sri Lanka is robust when it comes to both artistic and commercially popular productions. Sinhala translations and adaptations of well known and much loved plays from the west have enriched the sphere of the Sinhala theatre for decades. On August 18 and 19, yet another such theatre venture will unfold to delight theatregoers at the Punchi Theatre in Borella.

Prolific writer for the stage and screen, Ariyawansa Dhammage is preparing to bring to life his latest directorial work for the Sinhala stage. Carrying the title Pudgalikai Rahasigathai (Private and Confidential) it is a Sinhala adaptation of British playwright Novel Coward’s highly acclaimed play, Private Lives. The Sinhala adaptation script was written by Saman Pushpa Liyanage, and produced by Nimal Ranaweera and Induwari Dhammage.

A rib-tickling comedy which deals with the themes of love, marriage and family, Pudgalikai Rahasigathai is certain to win the applause of theatregoers. The premise of the story unfolds as Henry arrives with his new bride to the hotel in which they are to spend their honeymoon and chances upon his former wife who is also at the hotel to spend her honeymoon as a newlywed. What humorous calamities await the newlyweds as they enter the threshold of their new matrimonies with the baggage of their past marriages getting tossed into the scene, one can only imagine!

One of the significant aspects of this adaptation will be the aspect of music in the play. The music direction of Pudgalikai Rahasigathai is by veteran musician Sarath Fernando, the son of the late great singer M.S. Fernando. Viewers will encounter in the play a host of 16 songs of the late M.S Fernando which will certainly be an element that will entertain audiences.

The acting talents that will mount the boards to bring Pudgalikai Rahasigathai to life are notable names that speak of skill to enthral audiences. The talented cast comprises Jagath Chamila, Umayangana Wickremasinghe, Wasanthi Ranwala, and Sarath Karunaratne. Considering how these artistes have proven their talents on both, stage and screen, to deliver performances ripe with wit and humour, the show is certain to be a lively narrative that will entertain theatregoers.

Pudgalikai Rahasigathai will open for a two day show run, starting Friday August 18, with show times at 3.30pm and 6.30pm. Tickets will be available at the venue as well as the following bookshops –Sarasavi, Sadeepa and Surasa. Tickets can also be booked via Tickets.lk. For further details contact 076 90 84 116 (Dhamma), 071 4 807 107 (Namal) or 077 8 222 133 (Mangala). 

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