This month, the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish drama, has been celebrating Madrid with Madrid is a Female Name, its mini-season of monologues imported from the Spanish capital. The programme concludes this Saturday 23 March 2019 with Una Habitacion Propia.
Adapted from Virginia Woolf‘s classic A Room of One’s Own by Maria Ruiz, Una Habitacion Propia is performed (in Spanish) by Luna Paredes 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.
“There is no gate, no lock, no padlock that you can impose on my freedom of thought.”
A writer gives a lecture to her young students in 1928. Her ironic and sharp words are the vivid account of a discovery: if a woman wants to devote herself to literature, she needs money and a room of her own. It’s only nine years before women were granted the right to vote.
First published in September 1929, A Room of One’s Own was an extended essay by Virginia Woolf (1882-1941) based on two lectures she delivered the year earlier at Newnham and Girton Colleges, the women’s constituent colleges at Cambridge.
Need help with the Spanish? The Cervantes aims to help non-native Spanish speakers improve their language skills. To help those who’d like to enjoy the Spanish performance but may need help in understanding, the following is recommended:
- Read Virginia Woolf’s original ahead of the play (it takes about one hour)
- Attend the theatre’s workshop this Thursday 21 March to discuss elements of the play
- Review the Spanish playscript available at the theatre
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!
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Clara Sanchis (performer) has appeared in numerous Spanish stage performances including, most recently, “Festen” by Tomas Vintervergs, “Consentimiento” by Nina Raine, in the CDN; “El alcalde de Zalamea” and “Donde hay agravios no hay celos” with Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico (National Classic Theatre Company), directed by Helena Pimenta and “La lengua en pedazos”, by Juan Mayorga. Some of her most renowned performances on stage are “El Lector por horas”, by Sanchis Sinisterra , “Macbeth”, by Shakespeare, directed by María Ruiz, “El castigo sin Venganza” by Lope de Vega, directed by Eduardo Vasco, “Las Troyanas” by Eurípides directed by Mario Gas, “Próspero sueña Julieta”, by José Sanchis Sinisterra, and “Agosto” by Tracy Letts, directed by Gerardo Vera. On television, she has recently played Isabel of Portugal in the series “Isabel” on TVE, and the role of Marta Ortiz, in the fourth season of the series on TVE, “Amar en tiempos Revueltos”.
Maria Ruiz (adapter) is one of the foremost directors in Spanish theatre. She has directed 40 plays amongst others: “Filoctetes”, by Savater-Sófocles; “Macbeth”, by Shakespeare; “Transterrados”, by Monleón-Max Aub; “María Estuardo”, by Schiller; “Retorno al Hogar”, by Pinter. “Edmond”, by Mamet; “El Hombre del Destino”, by B. Shaw; “Ultimo Desembarco”, by F. Savater and “Próspero sueña Julieta”, by José Sanchis Sinisterra. In 1995 she founded Teatro del Olivar. She was director at the Real Coliseo Carlos III in El Escorial between 1995 and 1996. She directed Festival Clásicos (Classic Festival) in Alcalá between 2001 and 2003. From 2004 to 2015, she was a teacher at the Taller de Dirección Escénica (Stage Direction Workshop) at “Escénica-Granada”.
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.