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Sophocles on Lankan stage

Veteran artist cum academic Priyankara Ratnayake will introduce another work of Sophocles in addition to Antigone already performed on the local stage at the Lionel Wendt on March 5 and 6 at 7 pm. Translated by Siri Ediriweera from the original title Oedipus, the stage play is given the name Rathu Ves Muhunu. The play stars Niroshan Wijesinha, Gihan Fernando, Samadhi Laksiri, Umayangana Wickramasinghe, Premaratne Tennakon, Naomi Gunasinha, Lakma Wijesekere, Sanjeewa Gunaratne, Madhuranga Srilal and Ayanthi Herath. The costume design is by Ama Wijesekara. In addition to his directorial function, Ratnayaka has also handled the choreography and background design (with Sanjeewa Gunaratne and Chathura Dasanayaka). Sanjeewa Gunaratne is responsible for stage management.

Sophocles (495 BC-405 BC) was a famous and successful Athenian writer of tragedies in his own lifetime. Of his 120 plays, only 7 have survived. Oedipus the King, also called Oedipus Tyrannos or Oedipus Rex, written around 420 BC, has long been regarded not only as his finest play but also as the purest and most powerful expression of Greek tragic drama.

Also by Sophocles is Antigone, of which the Sinhalese translation will be staged at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on March 7 at 7 pm. Translated by Ariyawansa Ranaweera, the play is titled Ada Vage Davasaka Antigone. It stars Gihan Fernando, Samadhi Laksiri, Prasadini Atapattu, Kaushalya Mendis, Maheshika Jayawardana, Sasitha Senanayake, Sanjeewa Gunaratne and Priyan Jeevantha. Harshika Ratnayaka handles costumes and choreography. With Dr Wasantha Weliange, Priyankara Ratnayaka is responsible for background setting. Pramith Dahanayaka handles music.

Both Rathu Ves Muhunu and Ada Vage Davasaka Antigone are presented by the Drama and Theatre and Image Arts Unit, University of Kelaniya.

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