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English monodrama "Untouched" directed by Sujeewa Pathinisekara has been selected to participate in the competitive section of Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival in Egypt.

Held from November 6 to 12 at the Sharm El-Sheikh city in Egypt , the festival will be conducted under three categories.

Accordingly, ‘Untouched’ will compete in the Monodrama category.

This is also the first time that a Sri Lankan production has been invited to participate in this Festival.

Actress Subuddhi Lakmali is to perform in the monodrama and sets and choreography by M. Safeer. Sagara Wijesinghe will be the music director. Lighting design by Wasantha Kumara and assisted by Sujeewa Pathinisekara. M. Shafraz, M. Sharaf and Nirosh Kavirathna will be in charge of stage management.

Presented by Interact Art, ‘’Untouched’’ participated at two international theatre festivals in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India in 2020.

The play was performed at the Preksha theatre festival in Colombo last year.

Following the Sharm El-Sheikh International Theater Festival, Sinhalese version of the play ‘’Untouched’’ will be staged in Sri Lanka.

“This is a love story but it has been enriched by additional stories I have come across in English drama, film and literature,” said Sujeewa Pathinisekara, the playwright.

Made during the first Covid-19 lock down in 2019, Sujeewa said the play was made as a monodrama mainly due to practical issues and the other reason was that it was planned for a festival in the UAE.

 

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(Sunday Times)