Made in Buenos Aires, Argentina – Now in York, UK

16 May
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The show I made in Buenos Aires is now travelling from Argentina to York – Ash permitting of course. So I wanted to share some of the images and ideas behind the project.

Three new short plays under the banner of WC School – Made in Argentina – focus on contemporary school life in Buenos Aires.
Written by Carlos de Urquiza, Gabriel Chapo and Luz Rodriguez they will be performed in Spanish with an English Translation.

In the top photo actor, Julian Sierra is playing ‘I don’t want to be Che Guevara’ The pieces are strikingly different from work we see here as part of work created for Young People. The subject matter and harshness of the worlds are brought sharply into focus with the actors strength of performance.

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Set during break times at school the three stories are interlinked with a need for their voices to be heard, but more importantly to be listened to. In the ‘New Business Transactions’ piece Celeste Martinez stands up for herself to a bullying Head of Year and tells her straight about the new ‘transactions’ that are the currency in the school now. And in the final piece the collage and artwork is made from discarded pill packets that has been beautifully created to tell the story of Camilla and Lucas.

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I enjoyed the challenge of making this piece in Spanish in March this year, and I am delighted to be able to share the work over here in York for a week of performances as part of our Platform Festival which has this, as well as Catcher and Jack two new plays both running over the next two weeks. It was a case of definitely working outside my normal comfort zone. Not only with the subject matter, but also being 7,000 miles from home, and this time without any of the normal support mechanisms of making a show here. So the whole team was new, I had to get to work and speak Spanish, and running a tech with help of course from a translator, was interesting with lights / AV and Sound cues to be worked in. It is at times like this that you work out what it is you do, and why you do it. Very rarely do we test ourselves and take those risks that challenge us outside of what we normally know. It was this experience that has been a major influence on future work for me. The working with new people and teams is so important and refreshes and revitalises and is something we are pursuing with our next project.

I hope you will get the chance to see or keep in the loop of this and out other work at Pilot Theatre – as of course Shift continues to Happen…

The Pilot Theatre Platform Season is here http://www.pilot-theatre.com/redesign/default.asp?idno=17579

To book for WC School please click here http://www.yorktheatreroyal.co.uk/cgi/events/events.cgi?t=template&a=636

Thanks

Marcus

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