Smriti Daniel writes about why Unearthed was the most extraordinary performance she saw in 2012.
Here is a list of reasons why Unearthed was the most extraordinary performance I saw in 2012:
1. The setting. A three-storey home in Kotte became the stage for the night’s site specific performance. We began by peering from above into a room where lovers paced and ended on a verandah where a card game of lies unravelled its players entirely. In between we sat down at a dining table, eating cupcakes, while our hosts muttered secrets in our ears, we stopped by a display cabinet where a woman sat on a shelf, and winced at the thud of a man’s body falling off a bench. The rooms of the house became a series of stages, but more, the house was itself a presence in the production – an inspiration, a director, a co-actor. Everywhere were signs that this was in fact someone’s home, the awareness of which added a layer of startling intimacy to the performance.
We are happy to announce a rerun of Unearthed this month!
There will be six performances of Unearthed:
Saturday 16th February at 5.30 PM
Saturday 16th February at 7.00 PM
Saturday 16th February at 8.30 PM
Sunday 17th February at 5.30 PM
Sunday 17th February at 7.00 PM
Sunday 17th February at 8.30 PM
Tickets are priced at Rs. 750. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or sms +94771529889 to reserve and purchase your tickets.
A reflection of the production by Sanjana Hattotuwa on Groundviews.
Reflections on ‘Widows’ and ‘Unearthed’
Work and travel kept me from writing about two significant theatre productions in the past month. Ariel Dorfman’s ‘Widows’ directed by Feroze Kamardeen and produced by Sirraj Abdul Hameed was staged at the Wendt from 23-25 of November. ‘Unearthed’, billed as a site-specific theatre and dance journey through a private home, was directed by Ruhanie Perera (fromFloating Space Theatre Company) and Sally E. Dean, performed on 1st and 2nd December in Kotte and produced by Iromi Perera and Silke Arnold.