Fr Lucas' Goan tiatr in London: Rousing response to morale-boosting musical

British Asia News Network - London

London, Sep 21: Fr Lucas Rodrigues, a priest hailing from Goa, India, and presently serving Pilar Fathers, SS Peter & Paul church, has created waves among London's Goan Konkani speaking community by penning and directing yet another superhit, morale-boosting tiatr (stage play) mirroring the current problems faced by the young generation around the world. The tiatr 'Vadollant Rombla Nangor' (Anchored in the Storms) is the 8th written by Fr Lucas. The beauty of the play is that except for two star tiatrists who arrived from Goa, all the other artistes featured are from local Goan-UK talents.

The play showcases the evils of gambling and portrays how such bad habits destroy families here in the UK. The story also highlights how it compels the affected person to neglect family life, and especially its impact on young children, besides showing how it leads to crime.



























































































The play was complimented by songs and music that were not just beautiful but meaningful as well.

The play has already been presented to two jam-packed shows in Swindon, and on September 20 it was performed at Sadburry Primary School Hall, Waterford road, Wembley in front of a houseful audience.

John D'Silva, movie actor and director, one of the finest star comedians who has come all the way from Goa, together with comedian Dominic, added colour to the show with rib-tickling comedy. Local comedians led by well-known Luis Bachan also showcased a stupendous performance that provided a complete package to the audience.

Young and emerging artistes, brought up here in the UK, proved to the audience that the young generation is not shying away from Konkani language and the art of tiatr. Andrea Desouza and Jeremiah Vaz captured the audience's hearts with their performances exhibiting professional skills and talent.

Ace actor, former professional tiatrist Silvester Vaz and his wife Irene Vaz along with son Jeremiah, with their exceptional talent coupled with passion, showed the audience how a family can promote Konkani language and stage art several thousands of miles away from Goa, while being settled here in the UK.

Other actors who excelled and entertained are Cajy Pereira, Soccoro Silva, Divino Almeida, Jr Nelson, Felcy Rebello, Agnes D'Silva, Salu de Loutolim, Mark de Araujo, Bab Andrew, Lawrence Mascarenhas, Zico Fernandes, Luis Bachan, Albert Cabral, John Dsilva and comedian Dominic.

Framton De Sa (keyboard), Maria Fernandes (rythm guitar), Inacio Jao (bass) and Mathias Sequiera (drums) provided the sonorous music while Gregg Carvallho (light effects), Luis Gonsalves, Elvis Rapos (stage setting), Francis D'Silva, and Luis Fernandes (stage management) made sure the play was a visual treat as well.

The tiatr was produced by Fr Patrick Dsouza, Fr Max Gonslaves, Fr Jerry Fernandes and Fr Lucas Rodrigues.

The show was organised by Pilar Fathers (UK) and Goan Chaplaincy (London & Swindon / Reading).

On Sep 21 there will be another show at Southhall and the team is traveling to Paris, France to present a show on Sunday, September 22 at 124, Rue Bagnolet, Paris 75020.

Bella Fernandes, director of Goan Association in London, Richard Lobo, MD, British Asia News were among the guests present to witness the successful and meaningful tiatr.

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