OverWrite a performed journey through books, exploring challenged literature, bodies, memories and lives. Directed by Ruhanie Perera, OverWrite will be performed at the the British Council Library on October 25 – 27 2014. Information about show timings and tickets available here.
Literature has had the power to shape societies, challenging normative, dominant ideologies and narratives of our present moment, and our history. And so, literature, in this performance-making project becomes for us the space of articulation, and that of witness. While the work is rooted in the idea of challenged literature, it will draw from a range of texts that include Sri Lankan literature, postcolonial literature, migrant literature, literatures from the region written in English and British writers and writing.
The exploration of these literatures would include the politics inherent in the act of writing, and by extension that of reading. OverWrite considers the nature and conditions present in the act of banning books, bodies and memories, and the freedom to imagine and narrate. This performed journey through books hopes to look at what it means to be silenced, censored, banned, challenged, erased, while confronting the powerful act of reading in all its many possibilities.