CASA remembers the “Other 9/11”

Thursday, September 12th, 2013


Barbican Centre, Rich Mix, Institute of Latin American Studies
Friday 27th September – Sunday 6th October 2013

CASA Latin American Theatre Festival 2013 (“CASA 2013”) celebrates its sixth edition with a politically charged programme of theatre that explores the personal implications of state violence, dictatorship and corruption and in doing so reveal some of the biggest challenges that Latin American society has faced historically and today.

As we remember the 40th anniversary of the military coup in Chile on the 11th September 1973, Teatro La Concepción (Chile) present Poder de Papel (Paper Power), a buffonesque take on Óscar Castro’s Érase una vez un rey (Once upon a time a king). The story of sibling street urchins who decide to play at being king for a day is a darkly comic reminder of absolute power’s ability to corrupt absolutely.

Moving across the Andes, Ecuador’s Teatro Malayerba present a heartbreaking double bill of plays set during the Argentine dictatorship. Written and performed by acclaimed exiled Argentine writer Arístides Vargas, about the suffering encountered by friends and family, both plays are shockingly based on true testimonies.

Teatro de los Andes come to the UK for the first time with Hamlet de los Andes, a highly politically charged play that takes on Shakespeare’s classic to denounce state-level corruption in Bolivia.

Finally, UK-based Tavarka Teatro (Nuestra CASA Scratch Night 2012 Winners) present their new full length piece about the disappeared during the Spanish Civil War.

To complement all these shows, we organize a series of talks and debates on the themes of the plays offering audiences insights into Latin American theatre, culture and politics.

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