2020 has proven to be one of the most challenging years for the Cervantes Theatre and for the whole industry in general, but we have been working relentlessly to keep bringing you the best Spanish and Latin American theatre. This is why we decided to launch the Autumn Season as a series of online dramatised readings. The plays are translated, rehearsed in 2 days, filmed in 1 day and then streamed online for free so that you can watch them from the comfort of your home. The aim is to keep connecting with you all until we can safely reopen the doors of our theatre for public performances.

The Cervantes Theatre is a registered charity, and any donation or subscription towards our Friends Scheme will ensure that our theatre stays open after this crisis has passed.

Thank you for your support and we can’t wait to welcome you back to the Cervantes Theatre soon.

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TAXI GIRL

by María Velasco

Translated by Jessica Rainey

Max Aub – Ciutat de València Award in 2017

Taxi Girl is an expression which refers to the paid dance partners that became popular at the beginning of the 20th century.

The play is set in a historical love triangle, starring a taxi girl and two heavyweights of universal literature, Henry Miller and Anaïs Nin.

Both writers used obscenity and eroticism to introduce delightful chaos into well-thinking minds. This fiction is the result of the fascination for those artists who fought against censorship, but also of the women who did so with their own vital energy.

What was the name of the taxi girl? This woman of dubious reputation, who rebelled against her paraded and fetishised condition. What did her voice sound like?

Both she and Anaïs, who were lovers in the winter of 1931, were women ahead of their time… and ours.

ONLINE DRAMATISED READING

New Spanish Playwriting Season IV

1st OCT 7pm UK

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Translations make possible the migration of words and actions. They have a bit of luggage and also a bit of drug trafficking, like everything trans-border. Thank you, Cervantes Theatre, for making one of the few ways of escape possible. Thank you for making us travel without a visa. Active culture always fights against time and space restrictions.

María Velasco

María Velasco

Playwright and stage creator, has a PhD in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University and master’s degree in Scenic Practice and Visual Culture from the University of Alcalá. She has published more than a dozenworks, including Günter (“FirstAct”, 2009), Perros en danza (Marqués de Bradomín Accésit Award 2010), Líbrate de las cosas hermosas que te deseo (SGAE, 2015), Si en el árbol un burka (Ed. Invasoras, 2016), Taxi Girl (Max AubAward – Ciutat de València, 2017), Fuga de cuerpos y Escenas de caza (bothwith Ed. Antígona). Some of them have been translated into Basque, French and Italian.

She is responsible for several children’s and young adult titles: her work for teenagers Triple salto (Pikor Teatro company) was nominated for a Max for Best New Show. She has also done numerous dramatic pieces for contemporary dance (for the Kor’sia company, directed by dancers from the National Dance Company and for the Malditos company, led by Alberto Velasco). Her pieces have been premiered in the most prestigious spaces of the alternative circuit; historical sites such as the Sociedad Cervantina or the Ateneo de Madrid and art galleries and museums, such as the Artium. Also in national festivals (Surge, Frinje and soon Open Scene) as well as international, in Italy, France and the USA.

TAXI GIRL

Play by María Velasco

Translated by Jessica Rainey

CAST

Christina Ellinas Anaís Nin

Candela Gómez June Mansfield

Patrick McHugh Henry Miller

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by Paula Paz

Lighting Designer Fernando Benito

Composer/Sound Designer Yaiza Varona

Costume Designer Raúl Botella

Editor Simona Knuchel

Camera Operator 1 Liam Daly

Camera Operator 2 Nick Steer

Sound Recordist Blai Escayola

 

CERVANTES THEATRE TEAM

Artistic Director Jorge de Juan

Associate Director Paula Paz

House Manager Puerto Baker

Production Manager Santiago Cabrero

Graphic Design José Luis Hidalgo