The ultimate bad play

Advanced playwriting course
From 20/07/2020 to 25/07/2020
From Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Online course
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Total hours: 24h


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Course description

This is an on-line course.

The author of Que rebentin els actors, which could be seen a couple of years ago at the TNC, proposes the writing of a play in 24 hours.

We will try, using resources considered imperfect, useless procedures, and fruitless recognitions of outside procedures, to write, in 24 hours -without pretensions should they exist- the ultimate bad play of each writer.

On the one hand, this will mean that we are finally freed to write a good play. But on the other perhaps, and only perhaps, we will tackle writing not from knowledge but from accepting as the founding part of our creation everything that we are not, everything that we do not know and nor could we write.

The proposal will consist of using 6 meetings to generate materials that will shape our bad play, with which we will end the workshop.

Within the GREC 2020 Festival of Barcelona.

Gabriel Calderón

Playwright, theatre director and actor. He has written over 20 plays and has received recognition through various awards, notably including the National Prize for Literature on two occasions: in 2011 for Mi pequeño mundo porno and in 2016 for Ex: Tal vez la vida sea ridícula.

In 2004 he received a grant from the Fundación Carolina to go to Spain to take a “Course for professionals in playwriting and theatre directing” and in 2009 he participated in the International Summer Residency for Emerging Playwrights programme at the Royal Court Theatre in London. Since 2011 he has been a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab and resident artist at the Théâtre des Quartiers d’Ivry in Paris, France.

His plays have been performed in Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, United States, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru. His texts have been translated into French, German, English, Greek and Portuguese. With his shows he has participated on reiterated occasions at international theatre festivals in the Americas and Europe. He has given lectures, classes and seminars in Argentina (Ibero-American Creative Playwriting Seminar coordinated by Mauricio Kartun/ELTI- Encuentro Latinoamericano de Teatro/Biblioteca Velez Arfield), Brazil (Sao Paulo-Nucleo de Dramaturgia do British Council SP/Universidad de Santa Catalina), Chile (Universidad de Chile/Universidad Finis Terrae/Universidad Católica), Cuba (Casa de las Américas/Festival Mayo Teatral), Mexico (Guadalajara Festival de Lecturas/DF Transdrama), France (Nouvelle Sorbonne Paris 3/Casa de Amerique Latine/Theatre Quartier d’Ivry/Université Paul Valery), Israel- Palestine (Jerusalem-Palestine National Theatre) and Switzerland (Lausanne-HETSR La Manufacture/Haute Ecole de Théâtre de Suisse Romande).

He is currently actively working at the National Theatre’s Teatro Modena in Genoa together with the Fondazione Teatro de Emilia Romagna and the Yolanda Gazzerro de Módena School.

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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