Ruwanthie de Chickera is a playwright, screenwriter, theatre director and cultural activist. De Chickera has a strong belief in the practice, politics and philosophy of ‘devising’ – a theatre approach of collective creativity and leadership that challenges existing structures of authorship, power-sharing and change.
Her award-winning film “Machan” has been screened in over 50 countries. De Chickera is artistic director of Stages Theatre Group, an ensemble theatre company that produces socially and politically conscious original Sri Lankan Theatre. She is an Eisenhower Fellow and head of Research and Writing of the Arts and Cultural Policy Desk in Sri Lanka, a citizens initiative, mandated to draft the National Arts and Cultural Policy for Sri Lanka
Further information may be found at www.dechickera.com
Looking Back : Thought Curfew
David Cotterrell & Ruwanthie de Chickera discuss the making of Thought Curfew
The second production within the Thought Curfew trilogy : A performance focussed on a forgotten barrier.
Was Many Pictures
A project revealing the way in which evidence can be used to justify contradictory arguments.
Mirror IV : Legacy
A two-screen instatllation reflecting on the dynamics of inherited memories of violence.
Mirror III : Horizon
What can be communicated between strangers if their words were reduced to beams of light?
Mirror II : Distance
Inspired by observations of the Diplomatic Enclave in Islamabad, a heavily gated expat community.