The book titled Street Theatre in Sri Lanka written by veteran theatre artist and a senior lecturer at the University of the Visual and Performing Arts M Presannajith Abeysuriya was launched on the 26th of October 2016 at the Panibharatha Theatre, Faculty of Dance and Drama.
This book contains Mr Abeysuriya’s years of hands on experience and the expertises accumulated through the practice of street theatre and performed then in Sri Lanka and abroad. Mr Abeysuriya has been a member of the pioneering street theatre group founded by Dr Gamini Haththotuwegama and has been able to develop his own street theatre group named ‘Pahura’ (Vessel). Over the past three decades he has been a key artist and a teacher for these street theatre groups providing opportunities for hundreds of emerging artists and amateur actors to become experts of the art.
In this book Mr Abeysuriya explores the immergence of the street theatre in Sri Lanka and its developments, styles of performances, music and choreographic works, and other auxiliary artistic practices related to the art. Furthermore this book provides theoretical and analytical approaches to understand the alternative theatre practices related to street theatre.
This work is a valuable contribution to the current scholarship of theatre and especially alternative theatre practices. Therefore this book is an important reading for the school and university students as well those who are interested in exploring the theatre as an educational tool.
On the book launch, Professor Sena Nanayakkara from the Rajarata University, Theatre artist, Dr Jayalath Manorathne, and veteran theatre director Parakrama Niriella will be addressing the occasion. Mr Abeysuriya and the organising committee of the book launch are inviting theatregoers, artists, students, and academics to take part in this event. This book launch will be enriched with street theatre songs and segments of performances.