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Overwrite: a performed journey through books, exploring challenged literature, bodies, memories and lives.
Saturday 25 October 2014 18:30 to Monday 27 October 2014 23:59
Library, British Council Colombo


A journey of performed readings through a library

An evening of performance that celebrates UK and other literatures and the practice of reading in the context of banned and challenged literatures, and the fault lines through which they have emerged.

Literature has had the power to shape societies, challenging normative, dominant ideologies and narratives of our present moment, and our history. And so, literature, in this work becomes the space of articulation, and that of witness. The performance will draw mainly from British writers and writing, complementing it with Sri Lankan literature, postcolonial literature and literatures from the region written in English.

The exploration of these literatures would include the politics of text, the nature and conditions present in the acts of banning books, bodies and memories, postcolonial heritages, and the freedom to imagine and narrate. This performed journey through books hopes to look at what it means to be silenced, censored, banned, challenged, erased, while confronting this powerful act of reading in all its many possibilities.

Presented by Floating Space Theatre Company

Directed by Ruhanie Perera
Concept by Ruhanie Perera and Sanjana Hattotuwa

Performances by Jake Oorloff, Venuri Perera, Tracy Jayasinghe, Ashini Fernando, Tehani Chitty, Dino Corera, Thanuja Jayawardene and Jay Kuru-Utumpala

October 25th, 26th & *27th

6.30 p.m. | 7.30 p.m. | 8.30 p.m.

Library, British Council, Colombo

(*Monday night's first performance starts at 7.00 p.m., with a special post show discussion scheduled for 9.00 p.m. after the final performance for the evening. Anyone interested is welcome.)

Tickets: Rs.800/- (on sale at the venue from 18 October 2014 onwards)
Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. at the Arts unit
Weekends 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Library