Kalumaali, a fairy tale for grown-ups looks at the challenges of modern-day parenting against the backdrop of our age-old yearning for magic and destiny.
It is structured around 5 fairy tales told to a young child by the adults in her life.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Running time – 1 ½ hours (with a 10-minute interval)
Language - English and Sinhala (separate performances)
The opening show was supported by the Sunethra Bandaranaike Trust, Rithihi and Halien Production House With John Keells Group, Dialog, Dove, Anagi, Pond’s.
Kalumaali was the first fully devised production of Stages Theatre Group. It was derived from the writings of 13 artist mothers of the Passing Stage project. It introduced audiences to ‘Kalumaali’, a magical character used to explore complexities within modern day parenting.
Kalumaali, written and performed simultaneously in English and Sinhala, included veteran actors like Peter D’Almeida and Kaushalya Fernando. It ran to full houses and was well received by audiences.
The script was shortlisted for the 2013 Gratiaen Prize in Sri Lanka.
“The language of the play and the voice of the characters are distinctly Sri Lankan, but this sensitive and insightful play about living, loving, resisting and growing up transcends its context and reaches out, particularly to anyone who has ever felt both exhilarated and trapped by motherhood and generally to everyone who has felt constrained by social norms.”
Vivimarie VanderPoorten, Lecturer, University of Colombo