Another significant achievement by ‘Janakaraliya’ was the introduction of two ‘Mini Mobile Theatres’. This also a novel introduction to our country.
In buildings of remote rural schools there’s no space to perform dramas as more often than not these buildings are long narrow corridor type once used to conduct classes. These narrow spaces cannot be converted to performing spaces. Fortunately most of these schools have playgrounds in different sizes. The small Mobile Theatre was constructed with the aim to be installed in these rural schools’ play grounds and perform Janakaraliya dramas as well as and providing spaces for indigenous rural artistes to perform their acts for their communities.
It was very gratifying that USAID came forward to sponsor our latest concept of ‘mobile little theatres’. The USAID stated that they were pleased help us taking into consideration the services rendered by Janakaraliya towards the betterment of the Sri Lankan society and to promote peace amongst the communities. One of these little mobile theatres was launched by locating them at the Anuradhapura Central College grounds at a festival organized for the event. ‘Andaramal’ – a Janakaraliya drama was performed at the launching ceremony. The day time show was dedicated to the school children and the evening performance was for the invitees. These little mobile theatres are used to stage performances for rural villages.
The HIVOS institute of the Netherlands extended their support to us in establishing the first ever multi ethnic drama troupe in Sri Lanka.USAID came forward to help us in this hour of need.USAID provided us the fully completed Mobile Theatre and kitchen utensils needed.