Tracy’s Samurai play starts tomorrow and runs till Saturday. It stars Udesh Hetti (above) as the silent, murderous type. This is a reprisal of his role as a horse in Equus. If he does well they may give him a line. Tracy’s plays are usually good (Fefu, Chatroom) and this one is unique in that it seems much like a family thing. The actors are in kabuki-style costume and garb and there’s sword fighting and stuff. Loosely, I think the plot is that a village gets a wish-granting sword for a year, it corrupts them, and then they don’t want to give it back. Government subsidies, that job you took for just a year, a mistress – fill in the metaphor as you please. I saw the dress rehearsal and it’s quite entertaining, plus the British Council lawn is a lovely loca.
The cast known to me includes Subha Wijesiriwardena, Brandon Ingram, Chikky’s sister, Nuzreth Jalaldeen, Jehan Mendis, and I think that’s all. It’s Colombo. You probably know somebody.
dates of performance: 25 – 30 march
venue: british council garden
ticket price: 500/=
available at the gate on days of the show. call 0777 742390 or 0772 828877 for booking details.
the play will be performed in the british council hall in the event of rain.