Project Description

B

B
by Guillermo Calderón (Chile), 2017
Three female and one male.

 

 

 

Latest: world premiere production at the Royal Court Theatre, 28 Sept-21 Oct 2017.

‘beautifully translated’, Maria Delgado, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

‘A startling, stylish and suspenseful piece… The writing has a dash of Pinter, Chris Morris’ Four Lions and even Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs’ The Stage

Alejandra and Marcela are planting bombs in the middle of the night.  They don’t want violence.  They just want to be heard.  Prison’s not much of a threat when most of your friends are inside.  But José Miguel is from another generation, and he’s committed to change by any means possible.  Set against the backdrop of the astonishing rise of violent protest in the Chilean captial in the early 21st Century, this world premiere commissioned from acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Guillermo Calderón explores the lasting legacy of decades of dictatorship and questions the meaning of activitism in a democracy compromised by globalism, capitalism and a rage handed down from generations past.

I look at my hands and I say, maybe today’s the last day I’ll have all my fingers. What if I lose one? I won’t be able to play the electric organ. I won’t be able to do ‘this little piggy’. And if I lose my thumb, how will I open a jar of apricot jam? And then of course I realise that deep down, this thing that we’re doing, with so much effort and care, too… Deep down we’re doing it for… For who?

B was first performed at the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs at Royal Court Theatre on 28 September 2017, directed by Sam Pritchard and performed by Aimée-Ffion Edwards, Paul Kaye, Sarah Niles and Danusia Samal.

It is published by Oberon Books.

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