Maite Jáuregui stars as twin sisters in the UK premiere of Denise Despeyroux’s acclaimed one-woman play The Reality, as part of the Cervantes Theatre’s third New Spanish Playwriting season. Have a peek inside rehearsals – and then get booking!
The Reality (La Realidad) runs from 1 to 18 May 2019 at the Cervantes Theatre – including a post-show Q&A chaired by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock on Saturday 4 May – as the centrepiece production in the 2019 New Spanish Playwriting season, which also includes Maria Prado’s On/From Debris and Eva Hibernia’s The Old Masters.
In this haunting new play, written by Denise Despeyroux and translated by Sarah Maitland, twin sisters, both played by Maite Jáuregui, attempt an awkward exercise of pretending to be someone else, taking them close to the line that separates good and evil; the love of life and destruction; lucidity and madness.
What do you do to pose as someone inside of you? Can you love the living in the same way that you love the dead? Is darkness hindered by light?
Photographer Elena Molina caught up with Maite Jáuregui with director Raymi Renee in rehearsals for The Reality onstage at the Cervantes Theatre.
Denise Despeyroux (writer) is a playwright, stage director and graduate in Philosophy. She has had more than fifteen works premiered in the most important theatres in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Montevideo, including Fernán Gómez Theatre, The María Guerrero Theatre (Centro Dramático Nacional), Teatro Español, Sala Beckett, Teatro San Martín and Teatro Solís. She has been a candidate for Best New Play at MAX Awards for four consecutive years, including for La Realidad. She has also been a finalist in the Valle-Inclán Prize, the highest accolade in Spanish theatre.
Maite Jáuregui (performer) was born in Los Angeles, later moving to Madrid, where she began her acting career. Her screen roles in Spain include the film Planta 4 (The 4th Floor) and TV series such as ‘Amar en tiempos revueltos’ (TVE1), ‘El Comisario’ (Tele5), ‘Abuela de Verano’ (TVE1) or ’18 RDC’ (Antena 3), where she played the leading role (a pop singer) and recorded an album.
Jáuregui moved to London in 2010 to train at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA). Her UK stage credits have included The House of Bernarda Alba and Blood Wedding, both at Cervantes Theatre, as well as Don Quixote, Antigone/Twin Peaks, The House of Bernardeta and Hand in Hand elsewhere. Her screen credits here include Channel 4 series Flowers and Another Love. She recently premiered her one-woman show UNA, co-created with Pau Aran Gimeno, at Barcelona’s Sala Ivanow.
Mates co-founder Terri Paddock will chair a post-show Q&A with Denise Despeyreux and Maite Jáuregui on Saturday 4 May 2019 at the Cervantes Theatre. Any questions?