As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Friday 28 September 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to the Cervantes Theatre for a rare English-language outing of Jose Sanchis Sinsterra’s Spanish stage and screen hit Ay, Carmela! Got any questions?
After The Swallow earlier this year, I’m delighted to return to the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish and Latin American writing, to chair two post-show Q&AS: Ay, Carmela! in September and Lorca classic Yerma in November.
Written in 1986, José Sanchis Sinisterra‘s stage play Ay, Carmela! was also famously made into a 1990 Spanish film starring Carmen Maura.
At the Cervantes Theatre, in the English version, Portuguese-born West End star Madalena Alberto (Evita, Piaf, The Vote, Zorro) will take the title role. The production is directed by Paula Paz, co-founder and associate director of the Cervantes.
Carmela and Paulino are a couple of travelling entertainers who mistakenly cross the border that separates the two opposing sides of the last Spanish Civil War. Surprisingly they end up in Belchite – at a square that the National Army has just liberated. Both actors will be forced to improvise a theatrical evening to celebrate the defeat of the enemy. What begins as an entertaining tribute to the victors ends as a tragic comedy.
One of Spain’s most respected contemporary writers and directors, José Sanchis Sinisterra is the multi-award-winning author of more than forty plays, including Terror and misery in the first Franquismo (1979), Ñaque o De piojos y actores (1980) and Ay, Carmela! (1986).
For the Ay, Carmela! post-show Q&A on Friday 28 September 2018, I’ll be joined by director Paula Paz and other members of the company.