La Araucana / The Araucaniad

La Araucana

©Tryo Teatro Banda

By Tryo Teatro Banda (Chile)

Written by Francisco Sánchez, based on the homonym epic poem

In 1555, Don Alonso de Ercilla, a 16th-century soldier-poet travelled from King Philip II’s court in Madrid to the New World. Based on his own experiences, he wrote La Araucana, a first-hand epic poem that recounted the conquest of Chile, a work that captured the heroism of the defeated indigenous Araucanian and is widely regarded as one of the most important works of Spanish Golden Age Literature.

Displaying their effortless inventiveness, comic verve and commedia dell’arte storytelling, Tryo Teatro Banda’s four actor-musicians play more than fifteen instruments in a wonderfully fun and subversive interpretation of de Ercilla’s epic. Join us for yet another genius play by Tryo who return to CASA to wow the audience after their 2012 sell-out performances of Pedro de Valdivia and Jemmy Button.

About Tryo Teatro Banda

Having performed over 1500 times to over 300,000 audience members across Chile, Latin America, the USA and Europe, Tryo Teatro Banda are one of Chile’s leading theatre companies. Founded in 2000 as an itinerant theatre company, Tryo specialize in the retelling of key moments in Chile’s history with a special focus on exploring the often ignored indigenous narratives. Key to all their stage work is the use of original texts and live music, object manipulation and puppetry and a commitment to exploring the idea of the travelling minstrel as storyteller.

Tryo Teatro Banda also performs Parlamento!

Show times:

  • Tuesday 14th October 7:45 pm
  • Wednesday 15th October 7:45 pm +Q&A
  • Thursday 16th October 7:45 pm

More information:

Venue: Barbican Centre
Language: Spanish with English Surtitles
Duration: 60 min