THE SWALLOWLa Golondrina
25th September – 14th October
25 de septiembre – 14 de octubre
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Ray (Ramón) wants to work on his vocal technique before singing at the memorial service of his mother who has recently passed away. He seeks out the help of Emily (Amelia), a strict singing teacher who runs classes from her home. As the classes go on, the two characters begin to reveal details about their pasts, both of which have been significantly affected by a terrorist attack.
The true significance of this event forces them both to reflect on their identities up to such a point that they will end up forever united by a shared song for life
‘What makes us human? For Amelia, a deeply wounded mother, what makes us humans is the capacity to feel other’s pain as your own. When an indiscriminate attack happens, we are all victims who have to deal with the same crossroads: hate or love. Our world depends on the direction we decide to take’ – Guillem Clua.
Translated by Tim Gutteridge
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25th September – 14th October
Spanish language performances/ Representaciones en español
Monday – Wednesday / Lunes – Miércoles
English language performances/ Representaciones en inglés
Thursday – Saturday / Jueves – Sábado
Guillem Clua (Barcelona, 1973) is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director who graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, spending a year at the London Guildhall University with an Erasmus scholarship. Clua’s work draws on his personal experiences to tackle timeless themes such as identity as well as contemporary issues like the Iraq War. The critics have described his work as multidisciplinary and eclectic, and as having a special preoccupation for the narrative structure. His work has had an international trajectory, having been translated into English, German and French. Likewise, it has received various awards such as the 2011 Butaca Award, the 2013 Time Out Award, and the 2017 Max Award.
Paula is a theatre director and a former professional ballet dancer. She holds an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has cofounded and is Associate Director of the Spanish Theatre Company and the Cervantes Theatre in London.
As a professional Ballet Dancer, Paula worked with Angel Corella Ballet, Maria Gimenez Ballet and Ballet Ireland.
As part of her MA in Theatre Directing at Mountview Academy she has directed Eigengrau and Knives in Hens. She has been assistant director on Hay que Deshacer la Casa and The 39 Steps (Teatro Arenal Madrid), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Unicorn Theatre) and The Grain Store (Fourth Monkey).
Paula was on the directing pathway for the Young Friends of the Almeida’s Latitude Festival production Last Words You’ll Hear and she was movement director for the devised piece Home is Where. With the STC she has directed a dramatised reading of Sebastián Junyent’s It is Necessary to Take Apart the House (White Bear Theatre) and of History of a Staircase by Buero Vallejo (Canada Water Culture Space).
CAST / REPARTO
David Luque, is an English Literature Graduate from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He studied the Lecoq Technique with María del Mar Navarro and became a permanent member of the ensemble of the Teatro de la Abadía in 2000, where he studied with leading authorities such as Tapa Sudana, Juan Carlos Gené, Lenard Petit and Marcelo Magni. Most recently David Luque co-stared as Rodrigo Salazar in the film Teresa which premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
In theatre he was recently seen in Alex Rigolas’s El Público by F.G. Lorca; Film includes: Goya’s Ghost (Milos Forman), The Reckoning (Paul McGuigan), People in Places (Juan Cavestany), El club de los suicidas (R. Santiago), Goya en Burdeos (Carlos Saura), Sleeping Luck and One word from you (A.G. Sinde); Television includes: El Ministerio del Tiempo, Bandolera, Cuéntame, El síndrome de Ulises, SMS, 24H, Antivicio. In 2011 he co-founded with stage director Fefa Noia the company Los Lunes. Together, they have staged “Wild Wild Wilde” by J.R. Fernández, Cuerdas by Bárbara Colio, Ayuda by Maria Goos and País by Fefa Noia.
Amparo Climent is a multidiciplinary Fine Arts graduate artist. She studied performance, directing and playwrighting at both the “Official School of Filmography at Madrid” and the Valencian school ‘El Micalet’.
She is the scriptwriter and director of shorts and documentary films such as: Las lágrimas de África, Porteadoras and, cooproducer of ‘Los sueños de Idomeni’. Furthermore, she is the author of many plays such as: La caja oscura, Hijas de la soledad, A Pony le pintaban los labios de rojo, Las hijas del mal, El último destello…
She is part of the Board of Directors of the ‘Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Spain’ and has served on the Committee of Experts advising the Spanish Ministry of Culture on funding for cinematography
Theatre includes Fear and Misery (Union), The Robbers, Hamlet, Thebes (New Diorama/Greenwich), Humble Boy (National Tour), Contactless (Hen and Chickens), St George’s Day (Park), What’s Your Issue (Cockpit), Sleepers’ Diner (Arts), Absolution (Theatre 503), Memory of Summer (Jermyn Street), The Laundry (Jack Studio), Lines (Rosemary Branch), The Winter’s Tale (Rose, Bankside). Film includes Seven Lucky Gods (Jamil Dehlavi), A Nightmare on your Street (Stephen Hopkins). TV includes PREMature (LigerFilms).