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Paraya, 2014, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Mind Adventures’ Paraya goes on the boards again; this time, as part of the arts festival, Colomboscope. Tickets are now sold out on both nights. I really hope you got yours; this is an important, bold offering from contemporary Sri Lankan theatre. Directed by Arun Welandawe-Prematilleke. The simultaneous narratives (there are nine) take place in an alternate reality Sri Lankan dystopia where the government has subjugated its citizenry by means of a thought-suppressing drug. The Hotel Rio, burned during the 1983 race riots forms the setting of the play. More information here: www.yamu.lk/event/standard-chartered-colomboscope-2014-2….



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Near 9th Lane, Galle Road, Colombo.



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The view north, from Asoka Gardens.



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Sellotape, directed by Ruwanthie de Chickera. A final year drama school production by the University of Colombo. An engagingly creepy and weirdly abstract bit of theatre. What a shame there’s no repeat performances.



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King coconut (thambili) husks, used to shore up wall between stalls. Apparently when it rains, mud fills up the hollow husks, solidifies when it’s dry and makes the wall stronger.



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Gecko (species?), Mullaitivu. About 4 inches long. Seen on a kottung tree.



After Class, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Mind Adventures crew for ‘After Class’. L_R, standing: Thilini Perera, Yash Suriyapperuma. L-R, seated: Deeandra Bulner, Virgil Thomas, Ruvin de Silva (centre).



‘Home’, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Mika Tennekoon’s exhibition ‘Home’ is on at the Saskia Fernando Gallery in Colombo. Go, see. There’s a pre-show interview here: http://sundaytimes.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx



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DayoftheDead_Exhib_Flyer, originally uploaded by deshan10.

No parking, not on sale, no bar. Still though, the pictures might be fun to see. Come by if you have a free half hour. And ask for cake.



Namal Uyana, Dambulla, originally uploaded by deshan10.



Meanwhile in Ambawela, originally uploaded by deshan10.

Wind project, Ambawela Farm , Nuwera eliya, Sri Lanka.



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Gored by a bear in the troupe when he was a teenager, Mr. Ariyadasa of Circus Nilvala laments the inability of securing leopards and sloth bear for the circus today. Awareness of animal rights in the country means they can no longer raise, train and show exotic animals.

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A new production by the gifted and inventive Mind Adventures Theatre Company is in the works. Of course you should be worried.

Click the picture to get closer to seeing the full set. In this picture: Cast member Sulochana Dissanayake (at right) talks to Tracy Holsinger about designing the shadow puppets in the show. Dissanayake, head of her own theatre company Power of Play, joins Mind Adventures for the upcoming devised show.



Plumb Tuckered Out, originally uploaded by deshan10.