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XII Obrador d’estiu
Drama for the Time of Emergency
From 6th to 15th July 2017

L’Obrador d’estiu (the Summer Workshop) is one of the most important events in the Sala Beckett’s artistic and training offering.

This intensive week of courses, workshops, readings, shows and debates of an international nature on diverse aspects of playwriting and contemporary society is, deep down, the model we would like to incorporate for all year round activity at the new Sala Beckett.

The new Beckett has been conceived as a major permanent Workshop that combines creation, training, exchange, debate and thought with the aim of producing contemporary playwriting of the highest quality which responds to the concerns of our times and tackles the fundamental questions of the human condition. With teachers and participants from a wide variety of origins and backgrounds and a menu of courses, workshops and activities that is quite varied within its specialisation (which we are seeking in this case), the Obrador d’estiu has to be the meeting point offered by Barcelona to playwrights and dramaturgs to encourage the birth of vocations, ideas and projects.

Previous editions

The Word as a Springboard for Action
Acting workshop
From 11/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
Gabriel Calderón, actor, playwright and director, is one of Uruguay’s most international stage creators. One should never begin a text with a NO. Especially if it is an invitation, or a call to attend. No. But it is very tempting to begin how one should NOT begin. To enter through[...]
Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Tuesday to Saturday
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Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Tuesday to Saturday
Race, sex, stories, bodies, visions: the value of diversity in acting
Acting workshop
Teacher: Marco Calvani ,
From 06/07/2017 to 10/07/2017
Marco Calvani made an impact ten years ago with Le Mani Forti and last year he took part in the project AdA (Author Directs Author). At any historical moment –and this one in particular– in which diversity does not communicate something idealistic and virtuous any more, but instead something cynical[...]
Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Days
Thursday to Monday
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Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Days
Thursday to Monday
From the Actor to the Character
Acting workshop
From 06/07/2017 to 08/07/2017
Ramon Fontserè, actor and director of Els Joglars and one of the protagonists of the series Nit i dia, is one of this country’s most acclaimed actors. The hours of this course will be used to work, in a simple and I hope fun way, three topics and objectives: the[...]
Price
200€
Times
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Days
From 6 to 8 July
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Price
200€
Times
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Days
From 6 to 8 July
Every moment of daily life is political
Advanced course in playwriting
From 13/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
Sasha Marianna Salzmann, author of Llengua Materna Mameloschn, is one of the most interesting playwrights on the German theatre scene. What do I want to write, myself? What does this self wants and who is this self really in relation with the whole of society? In this exchange of impressions[...]
Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (on Saturday, morning session only)
Days
From Thursday to Saturday
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Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (on Saturday, morning session only)
Days
From Thursday to Saturday
The Political Fable
Advanced course in playwriting
Teacher: Lola Blasco ,
From 11/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
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,[...]
Price
250€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Tuesday to Saturday
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Price
250€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Tuesday to Saturday
From the Subconscious to the Page
Advanced course in playwriting
Teacher: Yeşim Özsoy ,
From 10/07/2017 to 12/07/2017
Yeşim Özsoy, author of Històries d’Istanbul, which will be premiered at this year’s Grec Festival, is the most outstanding Turkish playwright of the moment. Our subconscious is an important part of our writing process. In this workshop we will be making a journey from our unconscious to the sheet of[...]
Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Monday to Wednesday
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Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Monday to Wednesday
What are the real rules? (From the dramatic form to the open form)
Course for beginners in playwriting
From 10/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
Victoria Szpunberg, author of La màquina de parlar, Boys don’t Cry and L’onzena plaga, will offer the basic tools for starting to write plays. A tour through the basic concepts of dramatic writing accompanied by practical writing exercises, with special emphasis on the dialogue between the rules proposed by dramatic[...]
Price
350€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Monday to Saturday
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Price
350€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (morning session only on Saturday)
Days
Monday to Saturday
Conversation, dialogue, digression and conversation machine: around the word
Advanced course in playwriting
From 06/07/2017 to 08/07/2017
Jean-Pierre Ryngaert, one of the great theorists of contemporary French theatre, proposes a course where the word and dialogue form the central core. Ordinary conversation is not the same as theatrical dialogue, which in the last few decades has undergone all the transformations imaginable, when it has not disappeared completely.[...]
Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Thursday to Saturday
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Price
210€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Thursday to Saturday
Speakers’ Corner at the Obrador d’estiu
People always write better out loud!
From 13/07/2017 to 14/07/2017
Like a Barcelona version of Hyde Park, this year’s Obrador d’estiu includes once more its own Speakers’ Corner, for anyone who wants to make their texts or dramatic scenes public and share them with the other participants. In an informal atmosphere, without any pressure of the “what will people say?”[...]
Times

At 6pm

Times

At 6pm

SLASH o les Apories de l’Avantguarda (El desenvolupament d’un Show)
by Marlene Kolatschny and Julius F. Brauer
From 11/07/2017 to 12/07/2017
THE SHOW Yesyesyes! It’s time to return! Come along! Watch! You’ve never seen anything like it for sure! It’s fine, individually perhaps, that might be. There are gags that function so well that they can be shown time and again. People adore our attractions. And let’s be honest: metaphysical rootlessness[...]
Drama for the Time of Emergency
Advanced seminar on playwriting
Teacher: Simon Stephens ,
From 09/07/2017 to 15/07/2017
The participants in this seminar are authors recommended by collaborating institutions. Edward Bond had a car-crash on a motorway in the UK in the sixties. Bond, one of the most important playwrights in Britain since the Second World War, recounts that while he was trying to control his car and[...]
Times
From 11 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
More information
Times
From 11 am to 2 pm and from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Staged reading XII Obrador d'estiu
Drama for the Time of Emergency
New Short Plays
From 10/07/2017 to 12/07/2017
Every year we invite a group of young writers from different countries to work during l’Obrador d’estiu with an experienced playwright. For the ninth time, this playwright is Simon Stephens, who has proposed to work on the subject Drama for the Time of Emergency. From this topic, authors have written[...]
Price
Free entry
Times

At 6pm

Space
Sala d'assaig
Price
Free entry
Times

At 6pm

Space
Sala d'assaig
From scratch to performance: looking for the bond between writers and performers
Advanced course in playwriting
From 06/07/2017 to 10/07/2017
Anthony Nielson, one of the most experimental and innovative playwrights in today’s theatre scene in the UK, will share his creative process based on working with actors. In the UK, the standard practice is for playwrights to write, over several months, in isolation and then for that finished play to[...]
Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Thursday to Monday
Sign Up
Price
325€ (lunch included)
Times
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Days
From Thursday to Monday
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