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Shedding light on a complex scenario

Ancient Greek tragedian Sophocles wrote‘Oedipus’ (Oedipus Rex) which tells a saddening story of a son who kills his father and unknowinglymarries his mother.

The king of Thebes, Laius who was Oedipus’s father does not heed to the prophecy by the Oracle of Delphi who tells him that his son would someday kill him and sleep with his wife Jocasta, who is Oedipus’s own mother.

Sophocles related in his story that Oedipus's wife and mother hanged herself when the truth of their relationship became known, though Oedipus continued to be the ruler of Thebes until his death.

As a tragedian storyteller, Sophocles would have figured out some sort of intimate relationship that builds between a mother and son in the early stages of a child’s life to create his story.

In 1899 Sigmund Freud the founder of psychoanalysis introduced the concept of psychoanalytic theory, ‘Oedipus Complex’.It was named for the mythological figure Oedipus.Freud theorized that all small boys select their mother as their primary object of desire. He further suggested that the Oedipus complex play an important role in the phallic stage of psychosexual development. However,he believed that successful completion of this stage (involved identifying with the same-sex parent) ultimately would lead to developing a mature sexual identity.

Sophocles’ Oedipus Sinhala stage drama

Dramatists around the world are keen in producing their versions of thistimeless tragic play, Oedipus. Time and again the play is directed by new generations of directors and shown to theatre lovers all around the world.

Oedipus thus happens to be a much anticipated piece of art and a theatre experience for the Sri Lankan theater lovers too.

This tragic play of all time translated into Sinhala by Ariyawansha Ranaweera with the name, ‘Sophocles’ Oedipus’ and directed by award winning young dramatist AkilaSapumalgewill be premiered on January 22 (Saturday) at the Elphiniston theatre, Colombo 10.

Show times of will be 3.30pm and 6.45 pm. Tickets for the premier show could be obtained from Sarasavibook shop Nugegoda, Sadeepa bookshop, Borella and from Elphiniston theatre.

Senior playwright and artist Jude Srimal is the main organizer of this show.

Oedipus is included in the GCE Advanced level and University course syllabuses. Thus the play will bring forth a sound understanding of the story for students having it in their curriculum. The play is enriched with performances of senior and veteran artistes with promising newactors. Music composition of ‘Sophocles’ Oedipus’ is handled by none other than HeshanKuruppu.


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