CASA Festival is back and it’s bigger, braver and better than ever. Proud to present our most exciting and ambitious theatre programme of world class theatre from Latin America and the UK. We’re proud to be presenting stunning UK premieres of award winning shows from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Venezuela together with new work from Latin American artists who live in the UK. This CASA 2011, come and see a show or eight! You’re sure to find something that will blow you away!
Venue: Oval House Theatre, 52-54 Kennington Oval, SE11 5SW. London
We have shows for all ages from 4 to 104 – some especially for younger audiences! We have shows in Spanish, Portuguese and English. We have shows that range from joyous pirates clowning to hard hitting gritty political theatre.
THE VISITING SHOWS
Chef by Jaime Lorca (Presented by Viaje Inmovil, Chile)
Chef is the newest piece from Viaje Inmovil, one of Chile’s most highly regarded companies. Conceived by multi-award winning director, actor and writer, Jaime Lorca, the piece is based on Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. Set in a not so distant dystopian future, Chef is the story of one celebrity chef’s desire to stay at the top of his game. When he discovers that human flesh is a best-seller, there’s no looking back.
Viaje Inmovil is Chile’s foremost physical theatre company. Formed by Jaime Lorca in 2005, it brought some of Chile’s most important performers together in one company. Their three creations to date have won multiple awards and they tour regularly all over the world. They are currently the resident company at Chile’s Museo de Bellas Artes. “Buy tickets to this show on October 17, 18 or 19th here“
El Inmigrante, El Nica by Cesar Melandez (Presented by Teatro La Polea, Costa Rica)
El Inmigrante, El Nica is a new political drama by writer-performer Cesar Melandez. It tells the story of a Nicaraguan immigrant who arrives in Costa Rica alone, and with nothing expect for a crucifix. As he explains, berates, recounts his day, beseeches and prays to his silent wooden partner, the plight of his situation and that of millions of immigrants around the world becomes harrowingly clear.
Teatro La Polea is one of Costa Rica’s most groundbreaking companies. El Inmigrante, El Nica has been performed all over Latin America and has previously been performed in the United States, France and Spain. “Buy tickets to this show on October 17, 18 or 19th here“
Codigo Pirata (Devised & performed by Compania Vuelve en Julio, Argentina)
Codigo Pirata is a stunningly innovative physical theatre piece for all ages from 4+. The exciting story of three cut-throat pirates all hunting for the same treasure, its a masterpiece of comic choreography. Performed to an exciting soundtrack, three acrobats who can only be seen from the waist up, create a whole world of swashbuckling action, battles at sea and a treasure with magical properties. Codigo Pirata is a multi-award winning show that was originally created for ages 4+ but it’s so good we’ve been thinking of giving adults the chance to catch it as very late night show.
Vuelve en Julio are a young multi-talented company who live and create their work in La Plata. Codigo Pirata was their first original creation and has won 3 national awards and has toured Argentina, India and Europe. “Buy tickets to this show on October 22 or 23rd here“
Passport by Gustavo Ott (Presented by Teatro San Martin de Caracas, Venezuela)
Passport is a hard-hitting investigation into the politics of power by one of Latin America’s most prolific playwrights. One woman arrives at an undefined Latin American border hoping to cross over to the other side but is detained by two guards. Very quickly, all normality is stripped away leading to an unrelenting Kafka-esque descent into terror. Passport premiered in Caracas in 2003, became one of the Teatro San Martin’s biggest hits and has since travelled the world, performing and winning awards at festivals across Europe, the United States and Asia.
Gustavo Ott has written over 40 plays and is the Founder and Artistic Director of Teatro San Martin de Caracas, Venezuela’s premiere new writing theatre. His plays have been translated into 14 different languages and have been performed all over the world by companies such as the Comedie Francaise and the Public Theatre, NYC. He has won a number of awards, most prominently the Lawrence Epstein Playwrighting and Maclaren Comedy Paywrighting Awards in 1995 and 1996. “Buy tickets to this show on October 21, or 22th here“
El Guante y la Piedra by Quique Fernandez (Presented by Teatro Secreto – Argentina)
Nelson, a down and out boxer tells us a story. At first it sounds like every other down and out boxer’s story. A tough childhood. Amusing anecdotes. The story of that fight. And then the play takes a turn. A stunning tour de force by writer-performer Quique Fernandez, El Guante y La Piedra is a play about choices. The ones we made and those we could have made.
El Guante y La Piedra is Teatro Secreto’s debut show. It has been peformed in Argentina and Spain and we are delighted to be presenting it in the UK. “Buy tickets to this show on October 21, 22 or 23rd here“
A Galinha Decolgada, adapted from Horacio Quiroga (Presented by Persona Companhia de Teatro & Teatro em Tramite – Brazil)
The story of a dysfunctional family, this play, based on the eponymous short story by Uruguay’s Horacio Quiroga is as dark as they get. An already loveless marriage has seemingly been torn apart by the birth of four mentally disabled children. When their fifth is born, a girl with no deficiencies at all, the true reasons for their loveless relationship emerges. With a stunning aesthetic, an incredible soundtrack and brilliant puppetry throughout, A Galinha Decolgada has been supported by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture to tour across the country.
This show is the first collaboration between the Persona Companhia de Teatro and Teatro em Tramite from Florianapolis. “Buy tickets to this show on October 21, 22 or 23 here“
And of course, let’s not forget the very welcome return of the Nuestra CASA Scratch Festival bang in the middle of the festival on Thursday night. Last year, it was a truly incredible night and this year should be even more exciting as we have a couple of surprises in store.
If all that wasn’t enough, come and hang out at CASA 2011 with us – there’ll always be things on for you to do! We’ve got workshops, discussions, meet the artists opportunities, art exhibitions and much more. Or just come and have a coffee and a Latin American snack in Oval House Theatre’s wonderful cafe/restaurant! Wonderful Barbara will be serving great Latin American food every day for lunch and dinner.
Tickets to all shows cost £14 (concessions £7) Check www.casafestival.org.uk for more info & joint purchase discounts