Bots & Barrals in association with StoneCrabs presents

A Taste of Catalan Contemporary Theatre

May 15 2013 - May 25 2013

The Audition by Rodolf Sirera

Translated by John London

Drama should not be fiction, art or technique...drama should be feeling, emotion...and above all, the joy of transgressing established forms.

How far can we go to seek truth in acting? The play explores the boundaries of truth on the stage. An actor expects to meet a big admirer, a Marquis, when he is swirled into a psychological game and an acting master class that will turn him into a lethal experiment.

Max Prize for Best Author 2007, Rudolf Sirera is a multiple award-winning writer. The Audition is a masterpiece performed countless times since its creation.

Against Democracy by Esteve Soler

Translated by Mike Buck

Democracy is as profitable as McDonalds.

Is there anyone that still believes that as citizens we have any power upon our society? Inspired by the French theatrical genre of Grand Guignol, the 7 sketches set the spectator on the verge of horror and humour in astonishing surrealistic scenes. This collection of the burlesque unmasks the paradoxes generated by the times we are living in.

Premiering in the UK, and first performed in Barcelona in 2011, it is part of a trilogy that is already available in ten languages and has successfully performed around Europe, recently winning the Serra d'Or Prize 2012.

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Director
Sílvia Ayguadé
Designer
Robin Jackson
Dramaturg
Tanja Pagnuco
Movement Director
Iera Delp
Lighting Designer
Jordi Pérez
Producer
Miquel Valls
Sound Designer
Joe Colgan
Stage Manager
Joe Colgan
Costume
Imma Martínez
Songs
Toni Castells
Cast
  • Clare Fraenkel
  • Mark Knightley
  • Tom Marshall
  • Lee Ranns
  • Corin Stuart

REVIEWS

"...brilliant...", "...profound...", "Against Democracy is universally relevant and bitingly critical of governments around the world." "...political theatre at its best."

"Silvia Ayguadé’s productions are fiercely inventive; both are intriguing and fantastically entertaining. It is wonderful and admirable that Ayguadé is giving London the opportunity to experience theatre from another culture. You don’t want to miss out."

SPECIAL FREE EVENTS

Friday 17 May

Post show discussion with Esteve Soler (writer of Against Democracy) and Catalans UK community.

Saturday 18 May (starting at 5.45pm)

Staged reading of Après Moi, le déluge by Lluïsa Cunillé, directed by Anthony Biggs, Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre.

Monday 20 May (starting at 6.30pm)

Discussion with Lourdes Orozco (University of Leeds) and Montserrat Roser i Puig (University of Kent) of the Anglo Catalan Society.

Performing violence and talking politics: The Audition and Against Democracy, by Lourdes Orozco.

Drama and social values in The Audition and Against Democracy, by Montserrat Roser i Puig.

Tuesday 21 May

Post show discussion with cast and creative team, moderated by María Delgado (critic).

Thursday 23 May (starting at 6.30pm)

Rodolf Sirera, the writer of The Audition, talks with the translator John London (Goldsmiths University of London).

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