Throughout March, the Cervantes Theatre, London’s home of Spanish drama, is celebrating Madrid with Madrid is a Female Name, its mini-season monologues imported from the Spanish capital. The programme begins this Saturday 2 March 2019 with La Blanca.
Written by Maria Folguera, La Blanca is about and performed (in Spanish) by Anahi Beholi for one night only this Saturday at 7.3opm at the Cervantes Theatre, launching the season, sponsored by Madrid Destino.
Anahí Beholi asks herself: what happens when your parents are hippies from Ibiza, your grandmothers are a Guinean lady and another Catalan lady, your grandfather is a German landowner, and you are an actress that no one knows how to classify?
La Blanca is theatre disguised as a conversation with aspirations of a monologue and a will to confess. On stage, a heroine and a chorus: tragedy from a certain perspective, that is, comedy.
Anahí Beholi and María Folguera met while working on the show The Incredible Story of the Girl who Arrived Last, which Beholi starred in and Folguera directed. The debates that were generated at the end of each performance inspired them to keep working together, researching an answer to the question: why is it so difficult for us to accept the diversity that surrounds us?
“La Blanca is a ‘false’ monologue about race, memory, acting, prejudice, family and diversity… a scenic collage of vertiginous rhythm” – Marc Caellas, Frinje Festival
After La Blanca, Madrid is a Female Name continues over the next three Saturdays – 9, 17 and 23 March 2019 – with three more solo plays written and performed by women: Laila Ripoli‘s Descarriadas performed by Luna Paredes, Noelia Adanez and Valeria Alonso‘s Gloria performed by Ana Rayo, and Una Habitación Propia, Maria Ruiz‘s adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, performed by Clara Sanchis.
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!
Anahí Beholi‘s other stage credits include Fiesta Fiesta Party, directed by Lucía Miranda, a show she is currently touring throughout Spain, and The Incredible Story of the Girl who Arrived Last by Carla Guimaraes. Her latest films are Ispansi and 2 Franks, 14 pesetas by Carlos Iglesias. On television, her credits include the series Second Chance of Telecinco. Hailing from Ibiza and Barcelona, for ten years, she also worked extensively in opera and puppetry.
Maria Folguera is a novelist, playwright, director and currently artistic director of the Teatro Circo Price in Madrid. Her writing credits include Forced Blood (Festival Gigante, 2018), La guerra según Santa Teresa (2013-2018), El amor y el trabajo (premiered at the Festival Escena Contemporánea 2011 and published in Contenta Me Tienes en 2012) and Hilo bajo el agua, Valle Inclán Award for Theater Texts 2009. As director, her production of Carla Guimaraes’ The Incredible Story of the Girl who Arrived Last toured throughout Spain and Germany (2013-2015). In 2016, she published her novel The First Days of Pompeii.
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.