"Our vision is to impact children and youth to view the world from the widest perspective"

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation

Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) aka Somalatha Subasinghe Play House, founded by the late Mrs. Somalatha Subasinghe in 1981, is the only professional theatre company which produces mainly musical theatre for children and youth in Sri Lanka. LCYTF has produced a repertoire of theatre productions over the last 33 years and instrumental in training a significant number of talented young artists who have excelled in different fields in creative art in Sri Lanka. The success of our work is underpinned by first-class facilitation and meticulous research. We take pride in our legacy and LCYTF being the only one of its kind in Sri Lanka:

  • LCYTF was founded in 1981 by the veteran children’s theatre writer and director Mrs. Somalatha Subasinghe as a voluntary organization and in 2007, it was incorporated in the Parliament of Sri Lanka under the Act No 3 of 2007.
  • We have continuously produced children’s and youth as well as main stream theatre productions in Sri Lanka over the last 35 years.
  • LCYTF is the national representative of ASSITEJ International, a global network for theatre for children and youth that spans across continents. Through ASSITEJ International and our other contacts we have promoted a number of artists engaged in children’s and youth theatre to take part in international seminars, workshops, festivals, etc.
  • We conduct a series of training programmes in order to further the children’s and youth theatre in Sri Lanka.
  • We organize the Colombo Theatre Festival for Young Audiences annually to showcase good theatre for children and youth produced by LCYTF and other artists in the field.
  • LCYTF has pioneered to take Sri Lankan children’s and youth theatre concept to the international audience by taking part in number of international theatre festivals and joint productions with other countries.
  • LYCTF was conferred the “Bunka Award” presented by the Embassy of Japan for the Best Achievement in Performing Arts in 1997. In 2005, Ms. Kaushalya Fernando, a Director of LCYTF was conferred the “Bunka Award” for her outstanding contribution to theatre and acting.

Somalatha Subasinghe Theatre Festival for Young Audiences 2017

From 8th to 10th December 2017 at Lionel Wendt at 3.30 p.m. and 6.45 p.m.

Somalatha Subasinghe Play House presents its annual theatre festival for young audiences from 8th to 10th December at Lionel Wendt Theatre. The festival will feature the following three plays produced by Somalatha Subasinghe Play House: Walas Pawula (Goldilocks and the Three Bears) directed by Chandana Aluthge. Ratmalee (Red Riding Hood) and Punchi Apata Dan Therei (We Know It Now) written and directed by Somalatha Subasinghe. All these plays are semi-musical type. The production style of the plays has been developed so as to give the audiences an aesthetic journey of entertainment.

Walas Pawula (Goldilocks and the Three Bears)

Walas Pawula is based on the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Joseph Cunball. This semi - musical paves a great opportunity for the children of this generation to break from the routine entertainment through screens and be part of a charming magical world which unfolds before them. The play is produced with the objective of making a positive influence to children by celebrating values and concepts such as love, kindness, appreciation of nature and self-expression. The play could also act as a mirror and a compass for parents to evaluate and guide their own relationships with their children to a positive direction.

Punchi Apata Dan Therei (We Know It Now) and Ratmalee

Punchi Apata Den Therei (We Know it Now) and Ratmalee are based on famous international Folk tales and fairy tales. They are semi musicals produced with the objective to instill in children, a sense of basic art forms and a pride in our own culture as well as to promote the importance of the institution of family and its values. In addition, the lessons of love, humanity and world awareness are refreshingly presented in these plays. In the adaptations, new characters and situations have been incorporated particularly to facilitate an intellectual and entertaining discourse with the Sri Lankan child.

Programmes

Creative Activities for Children Programme

The prime objective of the programme is to develop child’s mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense of the child through aesthetic experiences. The programme also give child the opportunity to learn a sense of caring, world awareness, experience in human relationship and socio cultural values, a sense of basic art forms and more importantly confidence and dignity.

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Certificate Course in Acting Programme

The primary focus of the Certificate programme is on acting, directing, script writing and movement. Thus the participants will have the opportunity to learn free and structured movements, posture, body flexibility and physical balance, vocal training, pronunciation, voice projection, directing and script writing such as character analysis, improvisation, plotting scenes, etc.

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Creative Encounters Programme

The prime objective of the programme is to develop child’s mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense of the child through aesthetic experiences. The programme also give child the opportunity to learn a sense of caring, world awareness, experience in human relationship and socio cultural values, a sense of basic art forms and more importantly confidence and dignity.

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Let's Make a Play Programme

The prime objective of the programme is to develop child’s mental and physical aspects and to enhance artistic taste, cheerfulness and playful sense of the child through aesthetic experiences. The programme also give child the opportunity to learn a sense of caring, world awareness, experience in human relationship and socio cultural values, a sense of basic art forms and more importantly confidence and dignity.

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Productions

Walas Pawula

Three Bears and the Goldilocks

Once upon a time there were three bears. Father Bear, Mother Bear and Baby Bear. They lived in a little house in the woods. For a living they performed in a Circus.

On the other side of the woods there was a little girl called Ruwanmalee (Goldilocks). During school holidays, her parents went for work advising her not to go out. She had two dancing dolls, six tin solders, and two parrots to play with. One day she...

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Sanda Langa Maranaya

"Blood Wedding” by Garcia Lorca

Won Seven Awards including the “Best Play” of the Year, National Drama Festival 2005, organized by Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage

The bridegroom is a young man of rich estate owning family. His mother is a widow who is eternally weeping and whaling and resentful over the murder of her husband and the elder son by the family of Felix. The bridegroom has worked hard which enabled him...

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Punchi Apata Den Therei

We know it now

Once upon a time there lived in a village Mr. Cock whose duty it was, to announce the dawn, the noon and the sunset to the villagers.

In the adjoining village there lived four ratty boys, who had no food or shelter, any more because the human beings had become so thrifty, and they did not throw away any food, clothes or paper. Having heard of the generosity of Mr. Cock of the next village...

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