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A Forum Theater Performance on Learning Disabilities

  • Date: 29th August 2009
  • Time: 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Venue: Punchi Theatre, Borella

Entrance by invitation only, if you want one email us to info[at] with a couple of lines explaining your interest in attending the play.

What is Forum Theatre?
Forum theater began when Augusto Boal had the brilliant idea of allowing the audience to stop, modify and change the course of his drama performances; enhancing the overall experience of everyone involved in a novel manner. Today, this particular branch of theatre is known as Forum Theater.

FT is useful in bringing out complex issues attached to sensitive social topics and has been used by Beyond Borders to highlight a range of social issues during the last few years.

What is ‘Jerk?’
This time around the Forum Theater tackles the tricky subject of the misconceptions and issues facing youngsters with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It takes you through the roller coaster ride of our protagonist Rajeev, as he copes with the effects of ADHD and society’s often antagonistic reactions to it. It will be a morning of exciting infotainment and learning.

For invites call
0777 491 718 or  0777 335 320 (limited invites)

or email us info[at]


Censored on TV

Censored is now on YaTV’s No War Zone. Catch it randomly on ETV and TNL. For the moment, it’s available on youtube:

Update: Yatv also has the Tamil/Sinhala version up on youtube.

Forum Theatre – Call for Volunteers

Are you a drama queen/king? Are you between the ages of 16-26? If you If you answered yes to both questions, then we would like you to be a part of the Beyond Borders Forum Theatre outfit. We are a voluntary youth led youth run organization who use Forum Theatre as a tool to help people understand social issues and help them come up with possible solutions.

Because this form of theatre involves participation of the audience we are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic bunch of young people to contribute a little time and effort to make ‘Forum Theatre 4 change’ a success. So join us and share in the fun.

If you are interested to volunteer for the Forum theatre group of Beyond Borders, Please drop us a mail with a few details about yourself (not too much) before the 17th March 2008 to slbeyondborders[at] and we’ll get back to you promptly.

Remember to include your age, contact information and any previous experience you have with theatre when you contact us.

BB’s previous work on forum theatre can be found searching this blog. You can also find some related stuff on Flickr and Google Video.

Update : See a related article on the Sunday Times

Wrong Turn

‘When every decision you make is the wrong one’


(Sheetal @ wrong turn)

Beyond Borders performed a piece of forum theatre for “Off the Page”, an event organized by CEPA (Centre for Poverty Analysis). The play focused on the plight of a young woman with an ailing mother and a younger brother who’s still in school. She finds herself caught between the responsibility of taking care of her family due to the death of her father and the demands of her job. The play takes you in quick sequence through the decisions she makes, which ultimately leads to her untimely death.

Forum theatre as we mentioned before is interactive theatre where the audience is invited by the joker to change the script so that the unhappy ending could be avoided by changing the attitudes and behaviour of the oppressed.

The cast included BBites Sheetal Survase, Nipuni Samrasekara, Shyala Smith, Muwahhid Riza, Aqeel Juranpathy Mudith Uswatte and our friend Natalie Blacker. Music and song by Anu and the joker was played by Guru.

The play could be viewed on GoolgeVideo.

Off the page: An evening of theatre, documentary and film


CEPA (Centre for Poverty Analysis) will be hosting ‘Off the page: Communicating current issues differently’. The event would feature a host of theatre productions, documentaries and film exploring current social issues pertaining to poverty and conflict.

“Wrong Turn” a forum theater by Beyond Borders exploring the plight of a single woman faced with economic hardship will be part of the marathon theatre and film fest on Thursday.

Date: Thursday, 29th November 2007
Time: 7.00 p.m.
Venue: Punchi Theatre, CottaRoad Colombo 8 (opp Ritz Cinema, Borella)

The event would featre..

To Escape or Maximise? The estate worker’s dilemma,
Written and directed by Kannan Arunasalam An English language documentary based on CEPA’s work on the plantations sector.

Säma Thovilaya, street theatre in Sinhala by the Api theatre group
The performance brings to life how women and children are affected both physically and psychologically in a conflict situation.

Wrong Turn, English language forum theatre by the Beyond Borders theatre group The story of a single woman and the domino effect caused by economic hardships and social rejection.

Under Pressure, written and directed by Kasinathar Gnanadas.
An award winning Tamil language short film about a Jaffna family trying to cope with the conflict.

House Party, English language sketch by the House Party theatre group with Tracy Holsinger. This collective of like-minded friends – whose backgrounds vary from economics to advertising, journalism to theatre – aims to highlight current political and social issues through parody and satire.

Tickets Rs 300/= Available at the reception of the Taj Samudra; at CEPA, 29 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7 and at the Door.

Seating on a first come first served basis. Event Poster (Jpeg or PDF)