Walking Path: a play without words, is a wordless ensemble performance which
examines the relentless, militarized, urban beautification drive which swept the
capital of Sri Lanka immediately after the end of the 30-year civil war.
Lionel Wendt Theatre
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Running time – 1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Language - No Language
The opening show was supported by Lilamani Dias Benson, The Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust, The Center for Poverty Analysis, The Suriyasena Trust
Walking Path is a play about the aggressive urban beautification drive that took over
Colombo city in the immediate post-war years in Sri Lanka.
This play without words, written by Ruwanthie de Chickera, was created in response to the culture of unspoken intimidation that prevailed during this time in the country. The militarization of city parks, the surveillance of the populace which took place with the white-washing of the city, were matters that everyone knew but
which could not be spoken of.
‘… superb, fiendishly clever, masterly casual exploration of the universal post-modern condition, the human geography of modern urban civic life, post-war ennui and the insidious encroachment of the military mindset’
Dylan Perera, Daily FT