Watch Terri Paddock's post-show Q&A at the UK premiere of The Eyes of the Night at London's Cervantes Theatre

Q&A video: 20 years after she wrote it, Paloma Pedrero witnesses the UK premiere of The Eyes of the Night

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A middle-aged businesswoman hires a blind man to spend an hour with her in a hotel room. Why are they really there? Will she be able to experience the darkness in order to see the light?

The Eyes of the Night, written by one of Spain’s leading playwrights Paloma Pedrero, headlines the second Contemporary Spanish Playwriting Season at the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish and Latin American drama.

Pedrero first wrote the piece more than 20 years ago, when it was staged in Cuba, and has not returned to it until the Cervantes commissioned the English-language translation for a reading last year.

The full-scale English-language version of the two-hander premiered last week, when, following a sold-out performance, I was honoured to chair a post-show Q&A with Pedrero (with the help of brilliant interpreter Pablo de Miguel), translator Catherine Boyle, director Simone Coxall and English-language cast actors Lanna Joffrey and Samuel Brewer, who plays the blind man and is himself visually impaired.

I thought it was especially interesting to have lighting designer Nigel Lewis involved in the discussion – I was fascinated to hear how terrifying it was for him to plunge the stage into darkness for a lengthy portion of the evening and why stage blackouts are ordinarily limited to just a few seconds.

This also enlightened our discussion of visual impairment and portrayals of disability more generally – in addition to insights on translation, feminism, performing in small spaces… and favourite smells!

Please watch and share the full Q&A video. Thanks too to The Eyes of the Night‘s Spanish-language cast members Leyre Berrocal and Josema Gomez who stayed to watch the discussion (after their own the night before) and joined us onstage for the group photos.

The Eyes of the Night (Los ojos de la noche) runs until 28 September 2019 at the Cervantes Theatre, Arch 26, Old Union Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR, with 7.30pm performances, in Spanish on Wednesdays and Thursdays, in English on Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets priced £15-£25. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs MyTheatreGroup, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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