Category: Theatre

Madrid – Live In Theater revives La Movida Madrileña

Live in Theatre - Madrid

Immersive theatre creates a world in a set space, in which audiences are invited to experience a three-dimensional fiction meticulously created and controlled by invisible puppet masters. Interactive theatre, on the other hand, is rough and ready – the city itself becomes a backdrop and a protagonist in an unfolding drama, and the audience directly… Read more »

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Massacre! a bullet point history of Spanish capitalism

Marta Calvó and Alberto San Juan in Masacre Photo © David Ruiz

The average worker – aka the Spanish middle classes – is the focal point of a satirical stage production by the Madrid-based cooperative Teatro del Barrio. Masacre (Massacre) is an informative and incredulity-inducing theatre piece that covers some 100 years of Spanish economic history in just 80 minutes. The production features prominent Spanish actors Alberto San Juan… Read more »

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Overcooked Adaptation of Ibsen’s Wild Duck

Pablo Derqui and Ivan Benet in L'ànec salvatge (The Wild Duck) based on the play by Henrik Ibsen. Photo © Ros Ribas.

Hanging on the branches of Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s brilliant tragicomedy, this humourless Catalan adaptation of The Wild Duck (L’ànec salvatge) turned complex character-archetypes into filmic clichés. This 1884 play was an excellent choice by director Julio Manrique. Its predominant theme of blinded idealism and addiction to abstracts over human relationships, exemplified in the missionary… Read more »

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Jane Eyre: Of Liberation and Love…

Ariadna Gil as Jane Eyre. Photo © Ros Ribas

Featuring a breath-taking performance by Ariadna Gil, this Catalan theatre adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre distances itself from the bleak, freezing Yorkshire moors, and reimagines the North as a stiflingly formal, anonymous lobby with a grand piano and four identical doors reflected ad infinitum in vast mirrors at each end. Gil plays the eponymous… Read more »

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La Mare: Unflinching Drama of a Mother in Crisis

In a 2015 British production of La Mère, a contemporary French play by Florian Zeller, actress Gina McKee appeared ‘ghost-like’ in the lead (The Guardian). In the Catalan-language production La Mare, a local version of the play directed by Andrés Lima, Emma Vilarasau (pictured above) takes on the complex role of Anne, a mother in her 50s who suffers a… Read more »

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Història: A Play of Shifting Perspectives

Història - Sixto Paz Productions Photo: © Kiku Pinyol

The shocks and infidelities of history and memory are explored in Història, a small format theatre production brought to Barcelona’s Espai Lliure after a successful run at Sala Beckett. This narratively and visually engaging piece is the work of Catalan playwright Jan Vilanova Claudín in collaboration with director and actor Pau Roca, and features strong… Read more »

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La Treva (Time Stands Still): States of Suspension

La Treva (Time Stands Still) by Donald Margulies, dir. Julio Manrique, photo: Guillermo A. Chaia

Precisely timed to chime with World Press Photo, La Treva (Time Stands Still) is a Catalan-language version of Pulitzer Prize-winning American playwright Donald Margulies‘ stage drama, in which two veteran journalists try to make peace with their homebody selves when trauma forces them to return to Brooklyn from the war in Iraq. Sarah (Clara Segura)… Read more »

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L’inframón: the Dark Side of the Virtual World

L'inframón (The Nether) by Jennifer Haley, at Teatre Lliure Gràcia, Barcelona Sept 22 - Oct 16, 2016. Photo: Ros Ribas.

Sci-fi thriller The Nether (L’inframón), by American playwright Jennifer Haley, is back at Teatre Lliure in Gràcia this autumn after a spell at the Grec Festival in July. The contemporary play, brought to the Catalan stage under the direction of Juan Carlos Martel Bayod, deals with portentous, worrying themes; questioning the sanctity of the virtual realm as a ‘safe… Read more »

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NTGent’s Platonov – Chekhov Unchained!

NTGent / Luk Perceval / Roeger Eigen Producties / Platonov by Anton Chekhov / Photo credit: Phile Deprez

No indignity is spared in this NTGent production of Platonov, directed by the Belgian theatre and film director Luk Perceval. Platonov (its English-given title) is a 105-minute adaptation of an unwieldy early play by Anton Chekhov, written by the Russian between the ages of 18 and 21. Completed in 1878 and with a playtime of around… Read more »

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Splendour (Esplendor) – Abi Morgan’s play of Ice and Fireworks

Esplendor (Splendour) by Abi Morgan, directed by Carme Portaceli. Photo: Albert Armengol

Four women gather in a luxurious residence in an unknown state in civil war. It’s the home of Micheleine and her absent husband, ‘an important man’, whom Katheryn, a foreign photojournalist, has come to shoot. They wait with Katheryn’s young guide and translator Gilma, a hungry woman with greasy fingers, deep pockets and shoes that mud… Read more »

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