The Cervantes Theatre’s headlines its third New Spanish Playwriting season with the full UK and English-language premiere of Denise Despeyroux’s one-woman show The Reality, which had a dramatised reading at the theatre last year.
Can you love the living like you like the dead?
Is darkness hindered by light?
In this haunting new play, written by Denise Despeyroux and translated by Sarah Maitland, twin sisters Luz and Andromeda, both played by Maite Jáuregui, are separated by continents and life philosophies but they connect via Skype to play a dangerous game of ‘reality’ and, perhaps, to say goodbye. Raymi Ortuste Quiroga directs.
Coincidentally, the Cervantes was where I previously chaired my first Q&A with one of the panellists dialling in via Skype – for Guillem Clua‘s The Swallow. This time, in another Q&A first for me, I chaired my first bilingual event.
Despite my feeble attempts to pronounce everyone’s Spanish name correctly, the bilingual element of the evening had nothing to do with me, I must add. Huge thanks and awe to Maite, who not only came straight off the stage having played twins, but then worked overtime during the talk with on-the-fly translations. So impressive!
It was really interesting to hear more about the creative process behind the writing (and naming) of the play and the health of new Spanish playwriting generally. Please watch, share – and see the show by 18 May.
Pre-show at #TheReality. The lovely staff here are attempting to teach me how to pronounce Spanish names phonetically. Ha! You’ll have to judge how I do.
— Terri Paddock (@TerriPaddock) May 4, 2019
Event photography by Peter Jones.