It’s time once again for ‘Samanalayaya’ – the annual drama festival presented by the Sunera Foundation in order to showcase the creative talents of its differently-abled workshop participants. The drama festival will kick start in June this year with the regional performances leading up to the finals which is scheduled to take place on August 24th at S. D. S. Jayasinghe Hall in Dehiwala.
The regional performances will be as follows:
June 1 – Vijaya Kumarathunge Memorial Hall, Wadduwa at 3.p.m
June 15- Cooperative Hall, Matara at 3.p.m
June 22 – Sudasuna Hall , Chilaw at 3.00pm
June 30 – Lumbini Hall, Colombo 05 at 3.00pm
July 6 – Hall de Galle, in Galle at 3p.m
July 10 – Senkadagala Buddhist Cultural Center Hall , Kandy at 3.p.m
Taking part in these performances will be differently-abled participants attached to Sunera Foundation workshops in Horana, Dharga Town, Panadura, Matara, Akuressa, Weligama, Puttalam, Anamaduwa, Chilaw, Dehiwela, Maharagama, Galle, Imaduwa, Mawanella, Birngiriya etc.,
Each workshop performs a play, conceptualized, scripted and directed by the Sunera Trainer, which was rehearsed by the participants, with great enthusiasm for a period of one year. As the assistance received by the parents and the community during rehearsals have been overwhelming, a large audience is anticipated for regional performances and finals.
Samanalayaya 2012 is made possible by Stefan Deane, a 19- year old, differently-abled young man who lives in Melbourne, Australia who generously came forward ,along with his parents, to sponsor this year’s event and thereby raise awareness in society that ‘Disability is Possibility.
Whilst saying a big ‘thank you’ to Stefan and his parents for their kind gesture, we welcome the general public to attend this year’s Samanalayaya to witness our young butterflies in action.