Trojan Women coming for a worthy cause

Published : 11:30 am  June 1, 2015 | No comments so far |  |  (980) reads | 

On June 7 and 18 at Lionel Wendt

 

Internationally acclaimed actress Anoja Weerasinghe who has played an assortment of roles in films in the past, is today playing a quiet but powerful role, grooming youngsters who will add glitter to tomorrow's generation of artistes.


"The story based on Greek playwright Euripides’ play will have its original
cast playing the vital roles and among them are Anoja Weerasinghe, Neil Alles, Yashoda Wimaladharma, Nilmini Buwaneka, Meena Kumari and others."


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In a bid to raise funds for her Abhina Performing Arts Academy, Anoja is planning to stage  Dharmasiri Bandaranayake’s celebrated play ‘The Trojan Women’  at the Lionel Wendt Theatre on June 7 and 18.


"This is the only play in which my fans will be able to see me perform live. This play has a significant history," says Anoja.


The story based on Greek playwright Euripides’ play will have its original cast playing the vital roles and among them are Anoja Weerasinghe, Neil Alles, Yashoda Wimaladharma, Nilmini Buwaneka, Meena Kumari and others.


Rookantha Gunathilake has composed the music direction.


DM Impulse spoke to Anoja about her latest fundraising venture.


'Trojan Women' is 16 years old now. How relevant is it in today’s context?

 


This is a play that is timeless. It will suit any era though the original was made more than thousand years ago. They say the war has ended. But who has won the war. Nobody. I never promoted or provoked racism in Colombo. I always worked for the welfare of people belonging to all communities. We worked with our handicapped soldiers by providing them training in yoga. In the same way we worked with rehabilitated ex-LTTE youths in the North. Some of them have become actors today while some are yoga teachers. This is the real meaning of reconciliation. The recent incident involving a schoolgirl in Jaffna is so tragic, but there are some who try to exploit such situations to incite racism. It is so disgusting to see how some try to take political mileage out of such situations. The Tamils in the North appear to be willing to work in harmony with the present  government. It is our duty  as people in the South to extend the hand of friendship to bridge the gap. We don’t need a war again.

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You have gone through misery in the past due to adopting such bold stands.


Yes, I have had enough in terms of harassments and intimidations for not toeing the line of the  rulers in the past. Today I am embarking on this fundraising mission because I want to expand the Abhina Academy so that it could play a vital and wider role in the country’s arts sphere. I hope to elevate this to at least a diploma programme status. It is tragic that we lost former President Ranasinghe Premadasa who was honestly passionate about arts. If he was alive, this academy building project would have already been completed. As a citizen of this country I don’t belong to any colour in terms of politics. I have not cast my vote for several years. But I feel a fresh air of freedom in our country now.