|Monday, 12 April 2004|
Philomena's 'Thumvline' to be staged in UK
by Nadira Gunatilleke
A musical named 'Thumvline' directed and produced by Philomena Angunawela who is teaching at Hanwell School, United Kingdom will be staged soon in UK.
Earlier this Sri Lankan born teacher directed and produced a musical version of 'The Ugly Duckling' which staged in March 2004 at Drayton Manor High School in Drayton Bridge Road. TheCast of the Ugly Duckling from Manor House School in Hanwell costumes had been provided by Odel Unlimited. Mrs. Angunawela has been working at the school for the past 25 years and runs the after school drama club.
The group made up of 20 pupils aged between four and ten years will participate in the play. According to Mrs. Angunawela, the children looked fantastic, dressed up as the animals and the performance was even better. Around hundred eager parents booked tickets for the play beforehand.
'Greed': an entertaining mime act from the UK
The Clod Ensemble from UK, sponsored by the British Council will perform their award winning show Greed in Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna between April 19 - 28, 2004.
A dentist and his beautiful young wife are rescued from a life of poverty when they inadvertently discover a miracle mouthwash which promises perfect white teeth for life. A romantic comedy, inspired by the silent movie era of 1920s and the slapstick of Keaton and Chaplin. Two skilful young actors mime the melodramatic rise and fall of a dentist and his wife. Without any words, the action unravels, including moments of slapstick, pathos and sideways observations about the ethics of business and the business relationships. Sub-titles projected onto a screen and melodramatic music, tug at the emotions in a gentle, ironic way.
Starring Jason Thrope and Sarah Cameron with an original score for piano played live by John Paul Gandy. Greed premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2003.
Colombo - British Council Hall, Monday April 19, 7.30 p.m. Tickets at the British Council from April 14.
Kandy - Trinity College Hall, Wednesday April 21, 7.00 p.m. tickets at the British Council from April 14.
Jaffna - Navalar Hall, Sunday April 25, 6.00 p.m. Admission free
Colombo - Lionel Wendt Theatre, Wednesday April 28, 3.00 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.
Tickets at the Lionel Wendt and the British Council from April 14.
Tuesday April 20, 9.30 a.m. - 12.30 p.m. British Council Hall, Colombo
Friday April 23, 10.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. Trinity College Hall, Kandy.
Sunday April 25, 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.Navalar Hall, Jaffna.
Monday April 26, 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. Navalar Hall, Jaffna
Tuesday April 27, 9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. British Council Hall, Colombo.
Admission to the Colombo and Kandy workshops by prior registration at the British Council offices in Colombo and Kandy.
Two-piano recital that almost became one!
Senior fellow Old Bishopian Yasmine Goneratne's reference to Lionel Wendt as a virtuoso pianist had me wishing Elmer de Haan was alive to read it! This was in a review of Neville Weeraratne's book- Appl ause at the Wendt:Celebrating 50 years at the Lionel Wendt Theatre 1953-2003, Daily News April 2.
Elmer de Haan was a close friend of this writer's family, being a fellow Old Royalist some years junior to my father. He told us all about Lionel Wendt. De Haan who was a brilliant pianist, but I only got to hear snatches of this brilliance if I arrived too early for a piano lesson and he was practising - was a piano student of Lionel Wendt, but it appears that the pupil began to outshine the master.
Haan told us that the two of them were, in fact, planning to give a public two-piano recital. Much practising was done but when the big day got closer, Wendt appeared with a bandaged finger allegedly saying he had injured it while performing some chore or the other! De Haan was so disappointed he discontinued his lessons with the 'virtuoso' pianist turned virtuoso photographer!
Both belonged to 'good' Dutch Burgher families of a past generation, but Haan was not wealthy unlike Wendt whose father was a Supreme Court judge. But Haan used to say with his characteristic cynicism, that if he entered a room that was full of Dutch Burghers, they would all have to stand up! His father was, in fact, a Dutchman and not a descendant of the Hollanders like Wendt.
After a stint in a Dutch company in Batavia which was a Dutch colony, he arrived in Ceylon and married a Miss Lou Gabriel-a 'Dutch Burgher.'
So the two-piano fiasco also ended the friendship between master and pupil.
- Karel Roberts Ratnaweera
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