Battersea Spanish is proud to host this exclusive arrangement in which playwright and actor Edoardo Torres (Director of our Creative Writing Workshop), will be in conversation with director Kate O’Connor, playwright Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez, and translator William Gregory for the pre-launch of the acclaimed play ‘Cuzco’. The production of this play emerged from the work of Out of the Wings collective, based at King’s College London.
In an intimate setting, you will be able to share in person with the team behind this production the details about the origins of the writing of ‘Cuzco’, how the translation emerged, and its journey to production at Theatre503. Attendees will also be able to enjoy an exclusive dramatised reading of excerpts from the play.
The event will be both in English and Spanish, and it’s a great opportunity for all Spanish, theatre, translation, and culture lovers in London!
This is a free event but booking is compulsory. Please book as soon as possible in order to avoid disappointment.
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In a bid to save their relationship, a Spanish couple travel to Cuzco – conquistador stronghold, Inca city of the puma and tourist paradise. But as the altitude sickness, Pisco sours and layers of history take hold, they realise their journey has only just begun. Set along the Inca Trail, this is a sharp, contemporary portrait of a couple who become increasingly lost to one another, haunted by their own desires and the ghosts of their colonial past.
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Víctor Sánchez Rodríguez – is a playwright and director from Valencia. He trained at the Institut del Teatre, Barcelona. In 2016 he won the MAX Best New Playwright Award for We Won’t Kill Each Other with Guns. Other notable productions include Not Even Spain’s Damn Mother Would Recognise Her, Written from the Flames, and Wild Horses Wouldn’t Drag Me Away (Winner of the 2011 INJUVE Award for Best Production). In 2017 he directed the premiere of Cuzco at the Teatro Rialto in Valencia. This production transferred to the Teatro Fernando Fernán Gómez in Madrid in November 2018.
William Gregory – began translating plays in 2003, producing and directing Julio Escalada’s Springtime at the Finborough Theatre. Since then he has translated over 100 plays, many of them for international playwriting projects run by the Royal Court Theatre with writers from throughout Spain and Latin America. Recent translations include Los Gondra (Winner, Premio Max 2018), and Los Otros Gondra (Winner, Premio Lope de Vega 2017), both by Borja Ortiz de Gondra, and La Florida by Viíctor Sánchez Rodríguez. Recent productions include B by Guillermo Calderoìn (Royal Court), Chamaco and Weathered by Cuban playwright Abel Gonzaìlez Melo (HOME, Manchester); and I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of my Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole by Rodrigo Garciìa (Spain/Argentina) at the Gate, London. He is Editor and Translator of the Oberon Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Plays, and a Visiting Research Associate at King’s College London.
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Kate O’Connor – is a director with a background in international work, previously Creative Associate at The Gate Theatre & Associate Artist with Company of Angels. For these companies she read scripts from across the globe, directing readings & drama school productions of work from Norway, Belgium & Germany. She is Director with Frozen Light (British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2017), who make multi-sensory work for audiences with Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities; Researcher on Lola Arias’ Minefield (LIFT/ Royal Court 2016), which is now touring internationally; and Associate Director with METIS, co-writing their large-scale interactive piece World Factory (Young Vic 2015). Other directing includes shows at Ovalhouse, Camden People’s Theatre, Hoxton Hall, Theatre in the Mill & GLYPT. She was a finalist in the JMK Award 2012 & 2014, & has twice worked as Associate Director in the West End.
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