Celebrating Valiant Theatre
Adolescence is a journey full of learning experiences that mould a person into an adult equipped with the emotional intelligence to face the difficulties of the world. ‘Fun Home’ is a theatrical adaptation of the memoir of the same name by Alison Bechdel that delineates young Alison’s empowering journey towards adulthood, discovering her sexuality and her complex relationship she shares with her father. ‘Fun Home’ takes the form of a musical and has won several Tony Awards for its multifaceted depiction of the childhood of Bechdel. The play was performed locally at the Lionel Wendt from the 3rd to 7th of May with a vibrant ensemble cast directed by Sashane Perera.
‘Fun Home’ is a production not typical of the Sri Lankan theatre scene dealing with mature and unconventional themes. It was a performance of significant depth in terms of thematic relevance to modern times and cultural changes. Witnessing the performance on Sunday the 6th of May at the Lionel Wendt Theatre, we found the play to be a strong critique on the subject of sexual orientation as it follows the protagonist on her journey towards discovering her homosexuality. The 11 year old Alison performed by actress Kimaya Gunathilaka stood out for her strong enactment of the sensibilities of the character. Actress Nimaya Harris was well-versed in her portrayal of the teenage Alison in exploring the dimensions of her dysfunctional family as she matures into an adult. The older, 43 year old Alison, performed by actress Namali Premawardhana took on a mature stance, reminiscing her times as a young and confused child. The ensemble cast in sum were successful in capturing the bildungsroman of Bechdel.
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