Out of the Wings at King’s College London is thrilled to present ‘OOTW2017’, our second festival of play readings, all presented in brand-new English translations at the Cervantes Theatre. Five plays from Portugal, Cuba, Spain, Uruguay and Colombia will take us on a journey that crosses styles of theatre and performance as well as borders of language and geography in a showcase of Ibero-American writing.
THE REAL MOTHER OF MARILYN MONROE – 10TH JULY
Armando Nascimento Rosa (Portugal) unravels the myth of a legend in The Real Mother of Marilyn Monroe. A psychological thriller, in which reality becomes increasingly elusive, make-believe is a dangerous game and history stalks outside the walls. The only certainty is that gunshot. Dallas, November 22nd 1963.
DOUBLE PANIC – 11TH JULY
Two pensioners are terrified of death in, Double Panic, by Virgilio Piñera (Cuba). Tabo and Tota invent macabre games to ward off their fear of death, loneliness and each other. Every day fear forces them to play the same games over and over again. They try to kill fear but fear will not die.
CUZCO – 12TH JULY
In Cuzco, Victor Sánchez (Spain) follows a couple as they cross the globe for a relationship-salvaging trip of a lifetime to Peru, and the Inca Trail. Trapped in their hotel rooms, and overwhelmed by the weight of landscape and history, the pair struggle to withstand the strain of long-held resentments.
Warning: this play contains strong language and explicit sexual reference.
READY OR NOT – 13TH JULY
Ready or Not, by Estela Golovchenko (Uruguay), explores the difficulty of reconciliation between a young woman and her estranged father, a political activist turned Senator. Flashbacks to her childhood, during a time of political conflict, force her to re-examine her attitudes to politics, memory and forgiveness.
SYMPHONY FOR SIX ACTORS – 14TH JULY
In Symphony for Six Actors, by radio theatre pioneer Rafael Guizado (Colombia), four one-act plays adapted by Guizado’s granddaughter, Gigi Guizado, represent the movements of a symphony for actors. Sonata at the Beach, Nocturne, Scherzo and Allegro are variations on the themes of love, duty, fatherhood, and regret.