Latin American Theatre Festival hits London

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Those passionate about politically engaged theatre are in luck. For the seventh year running, the
CASA Latin American Theatre Festival is being staged in London, focusing on Latin American theatrical works with a compelling story to tell. The event began last Friday (27 Sept) and will offering daily programming through Sunday (6 Oct).
Morning events feature provocative and timely talks like ‘Beyond stereotypes: Making relevant work out of what’s culturally expected of us’, ‘What if I’m not a British artist, where do I get that funding?’, ‘From invisible to visible – a journey through changes in London’s Latin American community’ and ‘Remembering dictatorships in Latin American theatre today: Is it finally time to move on?’ Another highlight is a photographic survey of the Latin American community in Britain over the past 30 years.

During the evenings, works are staged by well-known Latin American theatrical groups: from Teatro Malayerba’s La Razón Blindada (a drama which uses the figures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza as an allegory for two prisoners in solitary confinement during Argentina’s 1970s dictatorship) to Teatro de los Andes’ Hamlet de los Andes (a politically charged take on Hamlet about the thousands of Bolivians who leave their rural homes for the city in hope of a better life) to Teatro la Concepción’s Poder de Papel (a dark Chilean comedy about siblings who collect cardboard and paper in the streets while dreaming of becoming millionaires).
Many of the events, especially those in the morning, are free. Theatrical works are in Spanish, with English subtitles. The full week’s programme can be found here: http://www.casafestival.org.uk/festival/casa-2013/2013-programme/

CASA was co-organised by the Barbican Centre, Rich Mix and the Institute of Latin American Studies. It was established in 2007 with the aim of bringing Latin American theatre to the UK, and annually showcases work by Latin American companies. In addition to the 10 day international festival, CASA also has a year-round programme of events called ‘Nuestra CASA’ for UK-based performers, featuring talent competitions, readings and radio plays.

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