Out of the Wings

José Triana Theatre in Context, Translation & Performance

Posted on 26 April 2012 by Kathleen Jeffs

Event sponsored by Out of the Wings!

Friday 4 May 2012

See the link here: PosterTriana for full information.


Inigo Rooms
Somerset House East Wing
King’s College London
Royal Academy of
Dramatic Art
Malet Street

Sessions held at King’s College London
10.00 – 10.30: Arrival and coffee
10.30 – 12.30: Contextualising Cuba
• Stephen Fay (University of Nottingham): The View from
Cuba’s Imaginary Edge: 1933 in the Isle of Pines Prison
• Fabienne Viala (King’s College London): The House of
Atreides: Cuban Dependence and Psychosis
in José Triana’s Theatre
• Luis Pérez (University of Cambridge): Short Journey
into the Night: The Rise and Fall of Revolutionary
Theatre in Socialist Cuba
12.30 – 14.00: Lunch
14.00 – 15.00: Cuban Theatre in Translation
• Kate Eaton (Queen Mary, University of London):
Playing the Cuban
• Gwen MacKeith (King’s College London):
On Nana Mansur’s Theatre
• Catherine Boyle (King’s College London): ‘Ahí están los
Tarahumaras’. On Translating Evaporating Dramatic Form
15.00 – 16.00: José Triana in dialogue

Session held at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art:
19.00 – 21.00: George Bernard Shaw Theatre, RADA, Malet Street
Head for Heights Theatre presents
a rehearsed reading of the unperformed one act play,
Ahí están los Tarahumaras / The Perfect Machine by José Triana
Translated by Catherine Boyle, directed by Daniela Peleanu
Hardie, with Carolyn Pickles and Robin Hooper


A celebration of José Triana in Cuban Theatre. 4 May 2012, King’s College London

Posted on 6 April 2012 by Gwynneth Dowling

Out of the Wings to welcome José Triana

King’s College London, 4 May 2012


Out of the Wings is delighted to announce a celebration of José Triana in Cuban Theatre.

The great Cuban dramatist, José Triana, will be at the event at King’s College London on 4 May 2012.

The event will include the dramatised reading of the José Triana’s unperformed one-act play, Allí están los Tarahumaras / Evaporation, translated by Catherine Boyle and directed by Sue Dunderdale.

A complete programme and full details will be published by 16 April.

For further information email: info@outofthewings.org or splas@kcl.ac.uk

Organised by Catherine Boyle and Fabienne Viala

When: 4 May 2012

Venue: King’s College London. Flyer and more details to follow.

Talk by Geraldine Brodie: ‘The Play’s the Thing: Taking the Drama out of Translating for the Theatre’. Friday 2 March, UCL.

Posted on 11 February 2012 by Gwynneth Dowling

As part of University College London’s Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lectures series, Geraldine Brodie will be giving a talk entitled: ‘The Play’s the Thing: Taking the Drama out of Translating for the Theatre’. Geraldine Brodie is based at the UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies and has been working on the subject of theatre translation for seven years. She will be speaking about her work as part of an initiative run by UCL to give early-career researchers a forum to publicise their work to the general public. Details of the event are as follows:

Date: Friday 2 March Time: 13:10-13:55 Venue: Richard Mully Basement, UCL Lewis’s Building, Gower Street. Nearest tube stop: Euston Square


1. The Play’s the Thing: Taking the Drama out of Translating for the Theatre. Geraldine Brodie, UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies

2. Guilty Silence: Is the Presumption of Innocence Being Undermined in the Police Station? Abenaa Owusu-Bempah, UCL Law

More information on UCL’s Bite-Sized Lunchtime Lectures Series is available here.

A Panel Discussion on Latin American Theatre in London

Posted on 15 September 2011 by Gwendolen Mackeith

Silver Lining Theatre and Artes Escénicas Rayuela present:


A Panel Discussion on Latin American Theatre in London

In 1967 Argentine playwright Griselda Gambaro wrote Siamese Twins, a play which served as a premonition for the state-sponsored violence that would follow a few years later during the Dirty Wars. Throughout her work, Gambaro explores the darker side of human nature and the relationship between citizens and their governments through grotesque characters and harrowing imagery. Now, in 2011 Siamese Twins along with several other Latin American plays such as Las Brutas Juan Radrigán, La Chunga by Mario Vargas Llosa, and Our Private Life by Pedro Miguel Rozo are being performed on London´s stages. These stories present visions of Latin America previously not seen by British audiences, offering new perspectives on their everyday life and traditions.

Upsidedown/Inside-out brings together several key scholars and artists to discuss the relationship between Latin American politics and theatre in London. Join us as we address the ways in which artists in London develop textual and cultural translation of Latin American works and how audiences´ prejudices of Latin America may or may not be challenged through such stagings. This event coincides with the UK premiere of Gambaro’s Siamese Twins at the Theatro Technis and tickets for the production will be raffled off at this event.

19 September, 7:30 pm
Bolivar Hall
56 Grafton Way, London, W1t 5DL

Guest Speakers: Catherine Boyle, Gwen MacKeith, Gäel Le Cornec, Sue Dunderdale and Kate Eaton

RSVP to the facebook event here

Beasts (Las Brutas) / Siamese Twins (Los Siameses): London September 2011

Posted on 30 August 2011 by Gwynneth Dowling

Two Out of the Wings-derived plays will open in London in the next week and that showcase the work of two of Latin America’s most important dramatists, Griselda Gambaro (Argentina) and Juan Radrigán (Chile).

Las Brutas / Beasts by Juan Radrigán at Theatre 503, 30 August – 24 September

On Tuesday 30 August Las Brutas / Beasts, directed by Sue Dunderale and translated by Catherine Boyle, opens at Theatre 503: www.theatre503.com.  The production is in conjunction with Head for Heights Theatre and is the British première of this lyrical and uncompromising play, which we have workshopped in readings at King’s, Tristan Bates Theatre and iceandfire & Amnesty International’s Everyone Has the Right festival.

The timing of the opening could not be better for us, since Juan Radrigán is the favourite to be awarded Chile’s National Theatre Prize, which will be announced on Friday 2 September, our press night.

There will be a staged reading of another of Radrigán’s plays, Hechos consumados / When All is Said and Done,followed by a discussion of Radrigán and theatre in translation, on Saturday 10 September. The play is translated by Catherine Boyle and by directed Justin Lucero of East 15 Acting School, one of the contenders for our Out of the Wing’s Dragons’ Den event in March. All details can be found on the Theatre 503 website.

Los Siameses / Siamese Twins by Griselda Gambaro at Theatro Technis, 2 – 25 September

On 2 September (press night 7 September) Siamese Twins, in translation by the Out of the Wings Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Gwen MacKeith, opens at Theatro Technis: http://www.theatrotechnis.com/show.php?id=42. The production is the work of the winners of the Out of the Wings Dragons’ Den event, Mara Lockowandt and Jorge Pérez Falconi of Silver Lining Theatre: www.silverliningtheatre.com.

Griselda Gambaro’s work has received international recognition, but remains little performed in the UK. This play shows her working through with great artistry her form of the Argentine grotesque, and the creative team has already held a very successful workshop on the grotesque at Canning House.

On Monday 19 September there will be a seminar on Latin American Theatre in translation at the Bolívar Hall: http://www.cultura.embavenez-uk.org/

Oberon Books will be publishing Gwen MacKeith’s translation of Siameses Twinshttp://oberonbooks.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=Siamese+Twins.

As Out of the Wings comes near the end of our fully-funded stage, these two London openings are important and exciting for the dissemination of our work

UK Premiere of Siamese Twins

Posted on 26 August 2011 by Gwendolen Mackeith

Out of the Wings, Silver Lining Theatre and Artes Escénicas Rayuela present the UK premiere of Siamese Twins by Griselda Gambaro at the Theatro Technis, in Camden 2 – 25 September.

For more information click here

Head for Heights Theatre presents Beasts (Las Brutas): 30 August – 24 September 2011

Posted on 12 August 2011 by Gwynneth Dowling

UK premiere of the play by Juan Radrigán at Theatre 503, Latchmere Pub, 503 Battersea Park Road

Directed by Sue Dunderdale.

Translated by Catherine Boyle.

Chile, 1974. In the extreme isolation of the Andean foothills, three sisters are found hanged from a rock, their animals slaughtered beside them…
Justa, Lucia and Luciana are three Coya (indigenous Andean) sisters, and the last remnants of a large family who tried to survive in an inhospitable environment. Parents, siblings and neighbours have either died or fled the challenging landscape to find work in distant towns. Faced with ageing bodies, loneliness, and terror of unknown forces which seem to be closing in on them, the sisters make a decision which shocks a nation.
Against the backdrop of the Pinochet regime’s ascent to power, internationally-acclaimed playwright Juan Radrigán examines, movingly and at times humorously, the effect of isolation and fear on the human spirit. With poignant echoes of the 2010 Chilean miners’ crisis and resonance with marginalised communities worldwide, Beasts is a haunting portrayal of love, fear and impossible choices.

‘… an observant, sensitive and sad play, never preaching, always generous and directed with matching generosity by Sue Dunderdale.’
The Sunday Times on The Way Home
‘… sparkily translated by Catherine Boyle.’
The Daily Telegraph the RSC’s House of Desires

Juan Radrigán’s awards include: Best Chilean Play (for When All is Said and Done); Circle of Critics Prize (for The Bull by the Horns, 1983 and The Exile of the Naked Woman, 2002); Apes Prize (for Drunken Ghosts, 1997 and When All is Said and Done, 1999); the Agustin Siré Prize from the Academy of Fine Arts, 2002, and the Altazor Prize for Best Dramatist, 2005.

  • Post Show talks Tuesday 30 August, Tuesday 6 September & Tuesday 20 September
  • On Saturday 10 September, in lieu of a performance there will be a play reading and seminar about Juan Radrigán and Latin American theatre

Developed with the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, King’s College London, Out of The Wings and National Theatre Studio.

More information and online booking is available on the Theatre503 website.

UK Premiere of GET TO KNOW THE WORLD by Lluïsa Cunillé

Posted on 7 July 2011 by Gwendolen Mackeith

The UK premiere of Lluïsa Cunillé’s play, Get to Know the World, translated by Gwynneth Dowling, will be performed next week at RADA. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the fascinating work of this prize-winning playwright being performed for the first time in English translation.

Click here for more information.


Posted on 6 July 2011 by Gwendolen Mackeith

A unique opportunity!!


with an exploration of the work of Griselda Gambaro

As part of the UK premiere of Argentinian playwright Griselda Gambaro’s ‘Siamese Twins,’ the Canning House is delighted to host two workshops conducted by the Silver Lining Theatre Company and Artes Escénicas Rayuela on the theatre of the Grotesque. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to explore the origins and physical theatre of the Latin American grotesque. Grotesque theatre is a performance style designed to challenge performers and audiences by inverting recognized norms and reversing expectations. The Masterclass introduces participants to a performance style intended to intimidate, shock and baffle audiences and to stimulate critical thought.

Drawing on a variety of physical theatre practices, including Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty, carnival, and the practices of Luigi Pirandello and Meyerhold, the Masterclass will introduce participants to the foundations ofgrotesque theatre and develop these techniques through improvisation and text-based work. Participants will discover the history of Grotesque theatre, and particularly the work of Griselda Gambaro, one of the most important and influential figures in contemporary Latin American grotesque theatre. The Masterclass will be led by Jorge Perez Falconi, founder and artistic director of the Festival Internacional de Teatro Carmen (FITCA), and Mara Lockowandt, Artistic Director of the Silver Lining Theatre Company.

Workshops are taking place the 19th (6-9pm) and 23rd (11-2pm) of July.
Ticket prices are only £8 for students and £10 for non-students.

Theatre Translation Event at Queen Mary

Posted on 3 June 2011 by Kathleen Jeffs

A message from our colleagues in theatre translation:

We are delighted to invite you to celebrate the publication of the round table discussion ‘Theatre Translation as Collaboration: Aleks Sierz, Martin Crimp, Nathalie Abrahami, Colin Teevan, Zoë Svendsen and Michael Walton discuss Translation for the Stage’, edited by Margherita Laera, in Contemporary Theatre Review, Volume 21 Issue 2.

The discussion took place on 20 March 2010 at Queen Mary, University of London, during the colloquium ‘Theatre Translation as Collaboration: Re-Routing Text Through Performance’, organised by Geraldine Brodie (UCL/QM), Kate Eaton (QM), Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith (QM) and Dr Margherita Laera (QM). The colloquium was generously sponsored by the AHRC, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Departments of Drama and Languages at Queen Mary.

Prof. Maria Delgado, editor of Contemporary Theatre Review, and Dr Margherita Laera will briefly talk about the publication of this article, but otherwise this will be an occasion for scholars and practitioners interested in theatre translation to meet informally over a glass of wine and snacks. All are very warmly welcome.

Location: Queen Mary, University of London, Arts Building, Mile End Road, E1 4NS, Rehearsal Room 2, 6-8 pm on 20 June.

For information: m.laera@qmul.ac.uk, g.brodie@qmul.ac.uk

PLEASE RSVP by 14 June to g.brodie@qmul.ac.uk

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