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CASA Latin American Theatre Festival

The CASA Latin American Theatre Festival returns for 2011, premiering six new works from theatre companies based in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica and Venezuela. The festival will take place from Monday 17th October until Sunday 23rd, and will also include the Nuestra CASA Scratch Festival, offering emerging artists the opportunity to display their work, as well as various other workshops and events.

Mon 17th – Wed 19th Oct 2011, 7.45pm
Teatro La Polea (Costa Rica) presents:
El Inmigrante, El Nica
By César Meléndez
A new political drama by writer-performer César Meléndez, El Inmigrante, El Nica tells the story of a Nicaraguan immigrant who arrives in Costa Rica hoping to find a better life. Tender and violent, this stunning one man show by one of Costa Rica’s groundbreaking companies is a fascinating exploration into the plight of immigrants and has been performed throughout the Americas, France and Spain.

Performed in Spanish with English Surtitles

Venue: Upstairs Theatre

Mon 17th – Wed 19th Oct 2011, 8pm
Viaje Inmóvil (Chile) presents:
Chef
By Jaime Lorca
Set in a not so distant dystopian future, Chef is the story of one celebrity chef’s desire to stay in business at all costs. Created by multi-award winning director, actor and writer Jaime Lorca, Chef is based on Jonathan Swift’s classic satirical essay “A Modest Proposal”; incorporating puppetry and live video with the physical theatre that the company is famous for.

Performed in Spanish with English Surtitles

Venue: Downstairs Theatre.

Thu 20th Oct 2011, 8pm
CASA Festival presents:
Nuestra CASA Scratch Festival II (supported by Cusqueña Beer)
Nuestra CASA Scratch Festival will be back at CASA 2011 after the huge success of last year! Six UK-based Latin American theatre-makers/companies have the chance to present a new project in front of a paying audience. Come and discover new work by new artists and tell us what you think. Some of the work you see may very well find its way into the main festival programme next year CASA 2012! 

Venue: Downstairs Theatre

Thu 20th Oct – Sat 22nd Oct 2011, 7.45pm (Thu), 9.30pm (Fri & Sat)
CASA Festival Theatre LTD and Vicky Araico Casas Productions presents:  
Juana in a Million
By Vicky Araico Casas
“The big day arrived. My suitcase was ready. My brothers organized a goodbye party…The airport, the farewell, the clouds, and … here I was, facing this man, a man with no gestures.” Juana in a Million was selected for development after last year’s CASA scratch festival and we are delighted to be supporting a full production of this play at CASA 2011. Vicky Araico Casas is an emerging theatre-maker from Mexico who is based in the UK and this is her debut solo show in the UK.

Performed in English and presented as part of the CASA Festival 2011

Venue: Upstairs Theatre

Fri 21st Oct – Sat 22nd Oct 2011, 8pm (+ 5pm performance on Sat)
Teatro San Martin de Caracas (Venezuela) presents:
Passport
By Gustavo Ott
A woman arrives at an undefined Latin American border hoping to cross over to the other side but is detained by two guards. Very quickly normality is stripped away, leading to an unrelenting Kafka-esque descent into terror. Passport is one of Teatro San Martin’s biggest hits; written by Gustavo Ott an award winning and prolific playwright, this production has been performed across the world since 2003.

Performed in Spanish with English Surtitles

Venue: Downstairs Theatre

Fri 21st Oct – Sun 23rd Oct 2011, 9.30pm (Fri), 3pm (Sat & Sun)
Persona Companhia de Teatro & Teatro em Tramite (Brazil) presents:
A Galinha Degolada (The Headless Chicken)
Adapted from: Horacio Quiroga
Based on a short story by Uruguay’s Horacio Quiroga, this darkly comic, critically acclaimed tale of a dysfunctional family is performed with brilliant puppetry, to a haunting original soundtrack. An already unhappy couple have been torn apart by the birth of four mentally disabled children. When a fifth child is born, a girl with no deficiencies at all, the true reasons for their loveless relationship emerge.

Performed in Portuguese, with English Surtitles

Venue: Downstairs Theatre

Fri 21st Oct – Sun 23rd Oct 2011 , 7.45pm (Fri & Sat), 4.45pm (Sun)
Teatro Secreto (Argentina) presents:
El Guante y la Piedra (The Glove and the Stone)
By Quique Fernandez
Nelson, a down and out boxer tells us a story… At first it sounds like every other down and out boxer’s story; a tough childhood, amusing anecdotes, the story of that fight. And then the play takes a turn… A stunning tour de force by writer-performer Quique Fernandez, El Guante y La Piedra is a play about choices – the ones we made and those we could have made. El Guante y La Piedra is Teatro Secreto’s debut show and has been performed in Argentina and Spain.

Performed in Spanish, with English Surtitles

Venue: Upstairs Theatre

Sat 22nd Oct – Sun 23rd Oct 2011, 11am (Sat & Sun), 5pm (Additional performance on Sun)
Compania Vuelve en Julio (Argentina) presents:
Codigo Pirata (The Pirate Code!)
Three cut-throat pirates are hunting for treasure! Performed to a thrilling soundtrack, three brilliant mimes create a fantastical world of swashbuckling action, sea battles and a very special treasure with magical properties. Codigo Pirata is a hilarious multi-award winning physical theatre comedy show for all ages from 6+ and is the first original creation by one of Argentina’s most exciting young companies. Come dressed up as your favourite pirate and enjoy the fun of the adventure of the high seas!

Venue: Downstairs Theatre

Age Recommended: 6+

Sat 22nd Oct 2011, 9.30pm
Películas Piratas (The Pirate Movie Theatre Show)
Hang on to your hats for this swashbuckling rip-roaring parody of the greatest and worst pirate movies ever made. Performed by Compania Vuelve en Julio, whose show Codigo Pirata is on during the day for kids, this is most definitely a show for adults. Pirate fancy dress, however, is definitely encouraged!

Venue: Downstairs Theatre

Age Recommended: 14+

Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd Oct 2011, 1pm
CASA Theatre Festival Presents:
Ao Primeiro que Viu a Maré (The Boy Who Caught the Tide)
By Ruy Jobim Neto
When Jesuino asks Vindinha to be his wife, she wants him to prove he is worthy of her – he must be the best fisherman in the village. But everything has a price. How far will Jesuino go to conquer Vindinha’s heart? Join us for a beautiful short play about man’s responsibility towards nature and the crazy things we do for love.
Ao Primeiro que Viu a Maré is directed by director, actress and writer Gael Le Cornec, who is this year’s CASA 2011 Guest Artist. Performed in English, this is a Scratch performance presented as part of the CASA Festival 2011.

Venue: Upstairs Theatre

Age Recommended: 10+

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Mon 17th – Sun 23rd October
CASA Latin American Theatre Festival 2011
Ovalhouse Theatre,
Kennington Oval,
London SE11 5SW
Transport: Oval Tube, Northern Line (one-minute walk). Vauxhall Tube, Victoria Line & British Rail (Fifteen -minute walk). Buses 3, 36, 59, 133, 155, 159, 185, 436
Box office: 020 7582 7680
Online sales: ovalhouse.com (no fee)

Ticket Prices:
Adult: £14
Equity, BECTU, Under 26: £10
Concessions (Over 65, Student, Blue badge, disabled, unwaged): £7
Children: 1 child Free with every Adult ticket (full or concession).
CASA Scratch Night and Ao Primeiro que Viu a Maré: all tickets £5

Venue Information:
The Downstairs Theatre has ground floor, flat, wheelchair access.
Please note that, regrettably, the Upstairs Theatre is not currently accessible for wheelchair users.

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