Throughout March, the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish drama, is celebrating Madrid with Madrid is a Female Name, its mini-season of monologues imported from the Spanish capital. The programme continues this Saturday 16 March 2019 with Gloria, inspired by legendary Spanish poet and children’s author Gloria Fuertes García.
Co-written by Noelia Adanez and Valeria Alonso, Gloria is performed (in Spanish) by Ana Rayo for one night only this Saturday at 7.3opm at the Cervantes Theatre, continuing the season, sponsored by Madrid Destino. The performance is followed by Q&A with the artists.
Gloria enters her dressing room overwhelmed by the noise made by her young fans who terrify her. Someone else follows her in with whom the poet starts a dialogue, full of memories, tenderness and fun. Among her dream-like memories, she recalls her first day of class on Spanish poetry at a North American university in 1961: Gloria was at her intellectual zenith, ready to start teaching, writing and loving…
This is theatre about women, written, directed and performed by women.
Gloria Fuertes García (28 July 1917-27 November 1998) was a Spanish poet and author of children’s literature, linked to the first Spanish literary movement after the Civil War. She became particularly well known in Spain in the 1970s thanks to her collaborations on children’s television shows. In her work, she defended equality between men and women, pacifism and the fight for the environment. She was born and died in Madrid, Spain. (Source: Wikipedia)
Madrid Is a Female Name runs Saturdays 2 to 23 March 2019 at the Cervantes Theatre, Arch 26, Old Union Street Arches, 229 Union Street, London SE1 0LR, with performances at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £12.50-£25. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Ana Rayo (performer) started in Cristina Rota’s Performing Arts School 25 years ago and since then has combined theatre with television and cinema. In theatre she has worked widely, counting amongst her credits “Confesiones de mujeres de 30” by Lía Helín, “Amor y otros pecados” by Javier Veiga; “Las cuñadas” dirigido by Natalia Menéndez for Teatro Español; “Mentiras, incienso y mirra” by Juan Luis Iborra; “Sexos” de Pep Antón Gómez; “Lifting” by Félix Sabroso y Dunia Ayaso and “La vida en blanco” by J.M. Carrasco. And more recently in theatre “Memoria o desierto” by Ignasi Vidal and “Marca España”.
In television and cinema she played many roles in such shows as “Javier ya no vive solo” “Moncloa dígame” and “Pelotas”, “Cuestión de sexo”, “Abuela de verano”, “Sin tetas no hay paraíso”, ” Límite 48 horas”. “La que se avecina”; in cinema “Los años bárbaros “Inconscientes” and more recently “Algo que celebrar” and “Vida en marte”. She was awarded the prize for best actress for “Reconstrucción” in the short films week in Madrid.
Noelia Adánez (co-writer) is Doctor in Political Science and Sociology by UCM and MBA in institutions management and cultural companies by the Universidad de Salamanca. She has taught for 14 years and researched in higher education (UCM and UAM) where she taught History and Political Sciences. She is a regular contributor in the radio programme ‘Julia en la Onda’, in Onda Cero, on the programme “El Gabinete” and in “Diálogos” on the programme A Vivir que son Dos Días, in Cadena Ser. She regularly contributes to diario Público in Público TV and in the digital magazine CTXT. She writes and discusses history, memory, politics, culture, women and feminism in this medium. She is co-founder and co-director in the women publishing company “Recalcitrantes”. She has documented the play “El Rey de Alberto San Juan”. She has worked the historic treatment and documentation of “Masacre”, also by Alberto San Juan.
Gloria is the second in the trilogy “Mujeres que se Atreven” (Women who dare). The first one was “Emilia” and it also comes from one of her original texts. She was a finalist in the Max Prizes 2018. She teaches acting classes and dramaturgy in Performing Arts Schools and institutions such as AISGE, Estudio Juan Codina, Universidad Complutense in Madrid and in Centro Dramático Nacional.
Valeria Alonso is a multidisciplinary artist, who was born in 1979 in Buenos Aires. She is the artistic director for LA CABRA theatre company. She lived and studied for 10 years in Spain and France. Currently, she combines several disciplines such as video, dance, theatre and cinema in her work. In 2003 she was awarded the First Prize for Young Talents by the French government. She won the First Prize on Madrid 20th Choreography Certamen 2006, and she was given a grant by the Swiss government to create the dancing video “Viento Mucho Viento” premiered in Geneva 2013. In 2012 she received an honourable mention of her dramaturgy by Fondo Nacional de las Artes(National Fund for the Arts, Argentina).
She has created and directed more than eight shows, performances y many videos. She has worked in Spain, France, Belgium, USA, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Argentina, Japan and China, as a creator and/or performer of other companies ( De la Gurada, Fuerza Bruta, La Fura dels Baus…) From 2001 onwards she has carried out independent research work and directed short films, one of which a 40-minute film “La queja”, participated in the section “Femmes realisatrices” du XIV Festival de cinema d’Amerique latine in Toulouse, France. She writes for cinema and television.. “El Milagroso” is her first feature film.
How well do you know Madrid?
Madrid is a Female Name is sponsored by Madrid Destino. How well do you know this beautiful European destination? Madrid is the capital of Spain and the third largest city in the European Union, after London and Berlin, with a population of 3.2 million.
The cultural, as well as the political and economic, centre of the country, its many landmarks and top tourist attractions include the Royal Palace, the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums, the National Library, Buen Retiro Park, the Cibeles Palace and Fountain, the Sun Gate and the El Rastro street market. For more information on the city, visit Madrid Destino.