Mind Adventures returns to the stage this year after a short hiatus; actor and director Ruvin de Silva (Nine and Starving Children for Noir Theatre Festival 2011) directs his first full-length performance, After Class, an original script written by Jithendra Seneviratne, a recent graduate of the MFA (Theatre – Interdisciplinary) program at Sarah Lawrence College, NY.
With After Class, Mind Adventures also returns to its experimentations with youth-theatre
Mind Adventures had garnered acclaim for performing cutting-edge plays with highly political themes and content targeting a mostly adult audience since its inception in 1999.
In 2007, with the production of Chatroom (Enda Walsh), MA opened its doors to a much wider range of audience members, particularly teenagers and young adults.
The next year, after having completed two highly-acclaimed runs of Chatroom, MA produced Samurai (Geoffrey Case), a fantastical adventure tale aimed at the whole family including young children.
MA’s first foray into devised theatre in 2009 resulted in The Travelling Circus. Based on a children’s story in the form of allegory and fable, The Boy Who Spoke in Numbers (MASii), The Travelling Circus, a mixture of Absurdism, Surrealism, song and dance, was aimed at audience members of all ages, once again attempting to draw in children and young adults.
After Class explores the dangers of conformism: an issue that dominates the lives of young people across the world, and questions the norms and social trappings by which these lives are framed.
It asks questions about identity, ambition and true desire through a portrayal of several young characters, full of aspiration, fighting to create their own voice and have it heard.
Mind Adventures is excited to be working with the best of Colombo’s upcoming young acting talent for After Class.
It features Eshara Silva, Thanuja Jayawardena, Brandon Ingram, Pasan Ranaweera, Gehan Blok, Sulakshani Perera, Jehan Gunasekara, Rebecca Munasinghe, Niren Ranasinghe, Dinesha Senaratne and Anuk De Silva.
After Class is produced by award-winning theatre director Tracy Holsinger, Founder and Artistic Director of Mind Adventures. It will go on boards from the 22 – 24 February 2013 at the British School in Colombo (Elvitigala Mawatha).
Tickets will be on sale at the British School from 7 February. Follow our Facebook group (facebook.com/mindadventures) or our blog (daytripper.wordpress.com) for more information.