He calls himself Vandam. Like Jean-Claude van Damme. He’s a hero. A warrior. Continental. Knows everything about combat. He has an opinion on everything. Politics. Women. The world.
In 1989, in Prague, he marched down the National Avenue, which on 17 November hosted demonstration that led to the fall of the communist regime in the former Czechoslovakia.
Now, his second home is the bar Severka. This is his world. It is here where he talks about politics, where he curses, where sometimes he raises his right arm, evoking the Roman salute, gives lessons on life or breaks somebody’s teeth.
Avinguda Nacional, by Czech playwright Jaroslav Rudiš, is the culmination of the international stage creation project Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe, which aims to promote the knowledge and exchange of texts and authors between the different member countries. The Sala Beckett has formed part of it since 2017 together with theatres in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Romania.
Author: Jaroslav Rudiš Translation: Naila Rami Oms Directing and adaptation: Martí Torras Mayneris
Cast: Patrícia Bargalló, Babou Cham, Josep Julien and Oriol Roca
Set design: Judit Colomer Lighting: Gane Gil Costumes, characterisation and movement: Fàtima Campos Sound: Oscar Villar Music: Oriol Roca Make-up: Mercè Sancamps Costume adaptation: Giulia Grumi andEli Siles Stage combat: Isaac Morera Assistant director: Fàtima Campos Student on work experience in directing: Carles Rossell (ERAM) Student on work experience in set design: Mariona Ríos Pérez (ELISAVA)
Thanks: Joan Carreras, Pepo Blasco, Mar Ulldemolins, Miguel García, Marta Santisteban, Xavi Ribalaygua, Pere Fontanet, Montse Miralles and Rafató Teatre
A Sala Beckett production within the context of the Fabulamundi. Playwriting Europe project.