The Eyes of the Night Los ojos de la noche
written by Paloma Pedrero
translated by Catherine Boyle
Performances 11th – 28th September 2019 at 7.30pm, Tickets from £15.00
(Wednesday and Thursday in Spanish, Friday and Saturday in English)
Audio Described Performances : 20th, 21st September 2019 (carer goes free)
In the Press
“A wonderful collision between two complex characters that reveals the multitude of layers a soul can bear” The Reviews Hub
“The Eyes of the Night is a complex and beautiful play that reveals the deepest desires and fears….” Londontheatre1 Full Review
The Cervantes Theatre is committed to providing opportunities to actors and creatives including those with disabilities
The male character in The Eyes of the Night, Ángel, is blind and we have taken the opportunity to cast two visually-impaired actors in the Spanish (Josema Gómez) and English (Sam Brewer) versions of the play.
In this video Sam talks about the play, how it upturns the standard prejudices that many fully sighted people have of the “blind” and the challenges of working as a visually-impaired actor.
This video is the shortened version, however if you are interested, there is an extended version here on our Youtube channel
Author – Paloma Pedrero
You cannot know theatre without knowing the work of Paloma Pedrero
Paloma Pedrero is Spain’s most represented female playwright of the 21st Century. With over 30 plays and having been translated into around twenty languages, she is the one of the most widely recognised and studied Spanish playwrights
She studied sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid and became part of the Cachivache company after the reinstatement of the Madrid theatre following the death of Franco. Her first play, La llamada de Lauren, where she also played Rosa’s character, opened in 1985.
Since then she has not stopped writing or acting, both on stage and on television, and she also directs productions of her own works.
The Author on her work - "Love, Blindness, Triumph and Failure...
The first, love, sometimes linked to heartbreak, to that difficulty of human beings for relationships [but also from controversial perspectives on the search for sexual identity] […].
The other great theme of my theatre, blindness, manifests itself in confused characters. Humans lost at night […].
The third topic that I deal with in my works is that of triumph and failure. The question: what is that? Who is the one who triumphs? The one that has? But he who has what. Are the marginalized unsuccessful beings? Are those who succeed socially happy beings?”
Paloma Pedrero talking about the themes in her work in About my Theatre
World Theatre Ambassador for UNESCO, Charitable Work
In addition to playwriting and directing, Paloma Pedrero is internationally recognised for her charitable activities in the theatre.
In 2009 she founded the NGO, ‘Caídos del cielo’, which used theatrical workshops to improve the lives of homeless people and people at risk of exclusion from society, produciing artistic works of high quality with them.
In July 2017 she was named the World Ambassador for Theatre for UNESCO.
II Premio de Teatro Breve de Valladolid (1984) for La llamada de Laurenn.
Accésit en el I Premio Nacional de Teatro Breve de San Javier (1987) to El color de Agosto.
Tirso de Molina Award (1987) for Invierno de luna alegre
Best writer prize at the VI Muestra Alternativa de Teatro del Festival de Otoño de Madrid (1994) for Noches de amor efímero / Nuits d amour éphémère presented by the French Arguia Theater Company directed by Panchika Velez, and for Invierno de luna alegre, by the company Las Yeses, directed by Elena Cánovas.
Critic’s price (2003) for En el túnel un pájaro, UNEAC, Havana.
Critics’ prize, audience prize and third prize from the jury for Solos esta noche (de Noches de amor efímero) at the Rome Festival in for Italian and European authors.
Accésit Premio SGAE Award 2004 to Magia Café.
Homenaje de la Muestra de Autores Contemporáneos. Alicante, November 2005.
Nominated for the I premio Valle Inclán de Teatro for Kiss to Kiss. Madrid, April 2007.
I Premio Talía de Teatro (2008) for Caídos del cielo, awarded by UNESCO Madrid and the International Theater Institute.
Nominated for the III premio Valle Inclán de Teatro for Caídos del cielo, 2009.
Director – Simone Coxall
Simone Coxall works as a Director and Movement Specialist in the UK, USA and Australia. Her most recent work is with Encounter Theatre as an Associate Director on their production The Kids Are Alright (The Place and The Albany) and as a Director of Shackelton and His Stowaway (Cervantes Theatre) with Stolen Elephant Theatre. In 2017 she directed Orlando: The Queer Element with Clay and Diamonds which toured National Trust properties in England. As an Associate Director at Fourth Monkey, she has directed The Tempest and Henvry V among others. In 2013 she was Artistic Director of Central Saint Martin’s Stages programme directing Orpheus and Eurydice at The Granary Building Kings Cross. She also works as a Globe Practise practitioner at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Top Left - Leyre Berrocal (Spanish Cast)
Top Right - Josema Gómez (Spanish Cast)
Bottom Left - Sam Brewer (English Cast)
Samuel Brewer is an actor and devisor currently in his final year at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, undertaking a BA (Hons) in Acting – Collaborative and Devised Theatre. He has performed and devised at the Adelaide festival, in addition to a number of independent and commercial roles (such as the RNIB’s recent rebranding campaign) in Australia and the UK. At Central he has received the Nellie Watson Scholarship and the Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust Bursary. Samuel is visually impaired.
Bottom Right - Lanna Joffrey (English Cast)
Lanna Joffrey is an actor, spoken-word performer and writer. Select theatre credits: The Time of Our Lies (Park Theatre), They Promised Her the Moon (Old Globe), Troilus and Cressida and Timon of Athens (Willow Globe, The Factory), Muse of Fire and Sonnet Walks (Shakespeare’s Globe), A Thousand Splendid Suns (A.C.T, Old Globe & Seattle Rep), Cause (Vault Festival), The Profane (Playwrights Horizons), The Soulless Ones (Hammer House of Horror Live), I Call My Brothers (Gate Theatre). Awards: NYFringe, IRNE and Ovation Award. Her critically acclaimed verbatim play of women’s war stories,Valiant has traveled the U.K. and the U.S.—going to Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Theatre503, JW3, Women and War Festival, WOW Folkestone Festival, NY Fringe and InterAct Theatre. Her spoken word and writing has been featured online and in print. Training: M.A. in Acting (Royal Central) and B.F.A. in Acting (Syracuse University) lannajoffrey.com
Photos by Elena Molina
Director: Simone Coxall
Set Designer: Mariachiara Maracci
LIghting Designer: Nigel A Lewis
Music Composer and Sound Designer: Yaiza Verona
Production Manager : Marcus Roche
Stage Manager: Ángela Cano