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Sexuality and sisterhood in CASA Festival’s LADYLIKE

CASA festival, London’s festival of Latin American Arts, opened last Tuesday at Dalston’s Arcola Theatre with Ella Mesma company’s dance show ‘LADYLIKE’, and Brazilian theatre piece ‘Unfamiliar’, both followed by the all-female mariachi band, Las Adelitas. The dance performance explored sisterhood, softness, sanity and sexuality through a range of different dance styles, Latin music, and theatre. […]

CASA Festival 2017 Reviews: The Only Thing a Great Actress Needs is a Great Play and the Desire to Succeed

A Mexican take on Jean Genet’s The Maid’s, Vaca 35 theatre company and Director Damien Cervantes’ The Only Thing a Great Actress Needs is a Great Play and the Desire to Succeed made it’s London premier at CASA 2017. Isabella Bruton reviews. This two woman show, starring Diana Magallón and Mari Carmen Ruiz, is a […]

CASA Festival 2017 Reviews: Stardust

An incredible, compelling performance mixing physicality, mime, art, audio and monologue, Sophie Foggin saw Miguel Hernando Torres Umba’s Stardust at the 2017 CASA Latin American Theatre Festival.  The start of Miguel Hernando Torres Umba’s Stardust is ambiguous. In a chatty conversation with the audience, he subtly introduces the play by telling us the story of […]

The Other Solos is anti-brexit Shakespeare

Bristolatino’s Art editor Helen Brown talks to Paula Rodriguez, director and producer of The Other Solos, about combatting anti-migration sentiment through Shakespeare. The Other Solos is a series of six Shakespeare monologues, released on Youtube, tackling issues of migration, exile and identity, performed by accented actors whose second language is English. These performances use Shakespeare, traditionally emblematic of […]

What Drives a Man to Kill his Father? Thebes Land Review

Sold out in eight countries worldwide, Daniel Goldman of CASA theatre festival brings this “Kaufman-esque mash up of the Shawshank Redemention and Inception” to London. Review by Anna Warhurst. Thebes Land is an encapsulating and disorienting play from Sergio Blanco, a Uruguayan playwright, which forces us to question and confront how we construct stories. Craftily structured to blur the […]

There’s something about Frida

A new book about her influence on the fashion world and a ballet inspired by her life- Frida Khalo’s legacy is very much alive. Ollie Facey writes on the iconic Latina, who remains a source of fascination for artists the world over. Celebrated for her uncommon, unflinching impression of the female form, Frida Kahlo is one […]

Manuelita review

Have you heard of Manuela Sáenz?  Critically acclaimed play Manuelita shines light onto the unsung revolutionary heroine. Scarlett Sullivan  Based on the life story of Manuela Sáenz, a revolutionary activist who campaigned alongside Simón Bolívar, Manuelita artfully combines comedy with tragedy in a poignant tale of love during the Latin American Wars of Independence. Brought to the stage by […]

CASA Festival reviews: Aparte by Colectivo Alebrije

Natalie Clarke reviews Aparte, a visceral breakdown of the importance of skin through the narrative of the leather-making district of Mexico’s León city. The play was put on as part of London’s CASA Latin American Theatre Festival 2015. The three cast members begin their performance and we are immediately confronted with a personal story. They introduce […]

CASA Festival reviews: Derretiré con un cerillo la nieve de un volcán by Lagartijas Tiradas al Sol

Ella Mattalia saw I’ll melt the snow off the volcano with a match, one of two plays by Lagartijias Tiradas Al Sol which showed at the CASA Latina 2015 Festival; this year CASA focussed on works and artists from Mexico. This is another biographical tale from Lagartijas Tiradas Al Sol. The play is written, devised and acted […]