Brief project description
This project involves organizing a series of theatre workshops for Sri Lankan amateur actors which are run by established actors, as well as implementing a performance tour and a mobile theatre festival in September 2016 in Jaffna (Sri Lanka). Through the theatre workshops, the amateur actors will develop their theatrical learning techniques and will participate in developing a drama production including story lines, music, dance and costumes which bring together Sinhala and Tamil traditions. The play entitled ‘Wenkati Wattam’ – the Tamil version of Bertolt Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle (1949) – will be showcased around the country through the organization of a performance tour and a mobile theatre festival. At the end of each performance, post-drama discussions between the actors and the audience will arise in order to bring light key issues underlined in the play and its relevance to the communities.
Objectives and expected results
The overarching objectives of this project are to support young artists and promote peace, social stability and cultural diversity. In particular this project focuses on the professionalization of approximately 10 amateur Sri Lankan actors aged 18 to 30 from the Sinhala and Tamil communities. One of the main objectives of the performance tour and mobile theatre festival, which will be presented to both Sinhala and Tamil communities, is to lift up how theatre can be used to promote social integration, reconciliation and critical thinking in the face of injustice.