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Course

The Political Fable

Advanced course in playwriting
Teacher: Lola Blasco ,
Dates
From 11/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
Days
Tuesday to Saturday
Timetable
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Price
250€ (lunch included)
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Total hours: 28h
Contact: obrador@salabeckett.cat

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Course description

Lola Blasco was winner of the Ministry of Culture’s National Prize for Dramatic Literature for Siglo mío, bestia mía.

In times of disenchantment, the search for magic, for “what could be”, is one of the few threads that as creators we can latch on to. An era of religious fanaticism, of public executions, of terror, of intolerance, and of protective walls can only be combated with knights errant. My proposal is that to save ourselves from the exasperation, we become “Quixotes” of our time, and become capable of viewing our reality with new eyes. With the amazement of someone who is seeing for the first time (i.e., with naivety, which must not be confused with ignorance under any circumstances). In this dramatic writing workshop, we will tackle the political fable as a genre. Seneca said that the stories told in these kinds of allegorical writings are peculiar to periods in which writers lack the freedom necessary to express their thoughts with absolute frankness. However, fables are of great interest for political theatre: they serve its objectives and ensure that this type of theatre does not pass its sell-by date before its time by giving an account of reality. In these sessions, we will investigate the limits of documentary theatre and review political theatre and the difficulties of transferring truth to the stage, with the aim of constructing critical constellations of our times.

Within the GREC 2017 Festival of Barcelona

Lola Blasco

Lola Blasco is a playwright, stage director and actress. She has published around ten plays and has premiered around twenty, at public and private theatres alike. Her work has been defined by its political commitment and the incorporation of new disciplines into the stage repertoire. Her work has been translated into Polish and is being translated into French and English. She has also been a guest at the Deutsches Theater in Berlín.

As a director, her latest play, La armonía del silencio, was produced by the Generalitat Valenciana and performed at the main hall of the Teatro Español in Madrid. She is currently preparing the premiere of Fuegos, which will be directed by Nina Reglero, for La Nave (Teatro Calderón de Valladolid), and Marie, which will be directed by Aída Argüelles and in which she will also participate as an actress.

Lola Blasco also teaches at the Universidad Carlos III, where she gives lectures on Literature and Playwriting in the Humanities department.

Among her most important accolades, a highlight is the National Prize for Literature in 2016 for her work Siglo mío, Bestia mía.

Important information

Admission to the course will be based on order of arrival and CV assessment, which should be sent (with photograph included), filling in the form on the right.

Places on courses are limited. Places will be reserved once the course amount has been paid. Payment must be made within one week of receiving the corresponding acceptance email.

The dates indicated for each course or seminar may be subject to variations in exceptional circumstances. These will be notified when applicable.

For the course to take place, a minimum number of students must be registered. If this number is not reached, the course will be cancelled and the student will have the option of registering for a different course (providing that there are places available) or alternatively will receive a refund of the amount paid (100%). If a student withdraws, a refund of 75% of the registration fee will be applicable, providing that written notice is given at least 10 days before the start of the course.

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