The Swallow (La Golondrina), the latest offering from award-winning Spanish playwright Guillem Clua, receives its world premiere next week at London’s Cervantes Theatre.
The new play, inspired by the terrorist outrage in Orlando in 2016, when 49 people were murdered at a gay nightclub, runs for three weeks only from 25 September to 14 October 2017, with a Spanish press night on Wednesday 27 September and an English press night on Friday 29 September. Performances run at 7.30pm, in Spanish on Mondays to Wednesdays and in English on Thursdays to Saturdays.
The Swallow (La Golondrina) is the main production of the first cycle of the New Spanish Writing season sponsored by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) at the Cervantes Theatre, the recently inaugurated home of the London-based Spanish Theatre Company, which aims to promote the best of Spanish drama. Find out more about the Cervantes Theatre in our feature here.
Ramón comes to Amelia’s house to ask for singing lessons – in preparation, he says, to perform a special song at his mother’s funeral. During the evening, among breathing exercises and confessions, they come to realise that they have another loved one in common, Amelia’s son Dani, and how his loss in a terrorist attack simultaneously separates and unites them.
Both the Orlando attack and other recent terrorist attacks in London and throughout Europe strongly resonate in the play, making the personal to go hand in hand with the social.
The Swallow (La Golondrina) is translated by Tim Gutteridge and directed by Paula Paz, associate director of the Cervantes Theatre. It stars David Luque, Amparo Climent and Jeryl Burgess. The production features music by Nico Casal, composer of the music for 2016 Oscar winner Stutterer, and set design by Alejandro Andújar.
Guillem Clua is a playwright, screenwriter and theatre director who graduated from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, spending a year at the London Guildhall University. Critics have described his work as multi-disciplinary and eclectic. His work has been shown internationally, having been translated into English, German and French. He has received various awards such as the 2011 Butaca Award, the 2013 Time Out Award, and the 2017 Max Award. His most recent play in London, Skin in Flames (La Piel en Llamas), was seen at the Park Theatre in 2015.
On The Swallow (La Golondrina), Clua says:
“What makes us human? For Amelia, a deeply wounded mother, what makes us humans is the capacity to feel others’ pain as your own. When an indiscriminate attack happens, we are all victims who have to deal with the same crossroads: hate or love. Our world depends on the direction we decide to take.”