Dramatist and director Tanuj Anavaratne who in 2007 brought to the silver screen his first film, ‘Nisala Gira’ is now ready to unfold his fourth stage play on September 25 at the Punchi Theatre in Colombo. Titled Sanda Eliyata Vedi Thiyanna (Shooting the Moonlight) the play will open to theatregoers for a two-day show run (25th and 26th) and marks the return of Anavaratne as a dramatist and director to the Sinhala stage, after nearly two decades.
The theme of the play carries strong overtones about the ideological representations of childbearing and its politics in today’s society. Anavaratne brings this play to life from a script written in 2006 in which a keen interest was taken by several cast members of the production. The efforts of the playwright and his team have certainly made this work a common goal, with an interest being taken by the actors that goes far beyond the average ‘acting job’.
Sanda Eliyata Vedi Thiyanna features a cast of well known faces from both, the stage and screen. The four player production has two male roles played by Janaka Kumbukage and Jayanath Bandara and two female characters played by Nadeeshani Peliarachchi and renowned screen actress Nita Fernando. Sanda Eliyata Vedi Thiyanna will certainly kindle the interests of theatregoers owing to both, the themes it deals and the creditable acting talent involved in the play and also due to the fact that it marks the return of Anavaratne to the Sinhala theatre.