Theatre Plays

Mr. Khan’s Review on Wahala [Slavery] (2019)

A review on Foreign Dance theatre play, Wahala [Slavery] (2019). This play was performed at NAPA International Theatre Festival 2019.



+ Crew

  • Dance Choreography & Directed by Kapila Palihawadana
  • Produced by nATANDA Dance Theatre


+ Note

Wahala (Slavery) is a Sri Lankan dance play. It depicts the suffering, pain and anguish felt by anyone who has experienced slavery of any form. Even though slavery is now illegal in all countries, but still it is prevalent in other forms and many are still subject to various forms of modern slavery. A song, Wade in the Water was played that represents associated with the struggle of slaves.

NAPA is proud to have this international theatre festival by collaborative work in the exchange of ideas that takes place.


+ Dance Performers

  1. Malith Upendra
  2. Dakshika Bandara
  3. Kalani Sachithra
  4. Senarath Nanyakkarae Lasantha Harsha Kumara Nanyakkara
  5. Narmada Nikethani
  6. Jeewaka Randeepa
  7. Dumidu Hashan




+ Plot
Slavery has existed in one form to another, such as human trafficking, forced labor or marriage. Through the recorded human history, it is believed that slavery began before written history in many cultures.



+ High Points
i – Excellent combination of dance choreography & direction by Kapila Palihawadana. The hidden message behind the pointy sticks that kept increasing into one of the performers’ neck with the emotional subject is cleverly blend in with its artistic grace and relative deepness.

ii – The performers’ graceful dance and acting skills resulted in giving out an important message towards empathy and the value of freedom.

iii – It appears the costume designing is carefully chosen including the colors that were chosen for their dressing is well though over, relating with the moments of the play.

iv – The lighting was intelligently taken care of. It helped in creating the moods of the play.



+ Low Points
i – Emptiness of having the absence of music between the two songs during the performance breaks barrier with the reality.

+ Overall

You have to admire the way every aspect of Wahala (Slavery) works toward the emotional power.


Rate: 3.50 out of 5 stars


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