In The Play to be Played, freely inspired by Six Characters In Search Of An Author, the protagonists of Pirandello’s play burst into the performance of a current production and vehemently claim their right to tell their real story, which for them is much more interesting than the fiction of our stages.
The author intends to create illusion. He apologetically uses this word which causes his characters so much pain in The Play to be Played. Illusion, after all, is the essence with which theatre works, the illusion of a moment of reality that can invite reflection and, hopefully, emotion.
A few actors and a space where they can develop their performance. Nothing else. Practically without any scenery, without large displays of lighting, costumes or props. The actors and the living word.
Online dramatised reading of the The play to be played by Miguel del Arco and Aitor Tejada in an English translation by Simon Breden, directed by Jorge de Juan with Madalena Alberto, Leila Asgharali, Raúl Fernándes, Maite Jauregui, Alex Mugnaioni and Keith Porter.
Produced by the Cervantes Theatre and Spanish Theatre Company with the support of Acción Cultural Española and the collaboration of the Cervantes Institute, INAEM and the Spanish Embassy in London.
2020 – present
Jorge De Juan
Composer, Sound Designer
Cervantes Theatre London
Play by Miguel del Arco and Aitor Tejada
Translated by Simon Breden
Madalena Alberto Mother
Leila Asgharali Actress
Raúl Fernándes Elder Brother
Alex Mugnaioni Younger Brother
Maite Jauregui Wife
Keith Porter Actor
Directed by Jorge de Juan
Camera Operator Liam Daly
Lighting Designer Fernando Benito
Composer/Sound Designer Yaiza Varona
Set Designer Ángel Haro
CERVANTES THEATRE TEAM
Artistic Director Jorge de Juan
Associate Director Paula Paz
House Manager Puerto Baker
Production Manager Santiago Cabrero
Graphic Design José Luis Hidalgo