AMOR EN EL JARDIN
Theatre sans Frontieres in the Civic Theatre
It was filled with imaginative staging and evocative music. The black-clad spirits, the bed-sheet cinema screen, the ominous birds, the stylised costumes all helped to make the piece accessible to English ears and eyes.
I liked their original prologue, telling us something of the life and work of the author; “Spanish Boy in New York” one of the most successful numbers.
The four actors worked hard to bring the magical tale to life: Nuria Garcia was the lovely Belisa, appearing alluringly at her balcony. Angel Alguacil was her old husband, with Sarah Kemp as his servant Marcolfa. I loved the work of Alicia Martel, who played the extrovert mother, and also provided much of the music.
An enthusiastic welcome from the ex-pats, students and Hispanophiles of mid-Essex, many of whom stayed on for a bilingual discussion afterwards. I hope TSF can be persuaded to bring us their Malmsey Wine, which starts its tour next year in the Canary Islands !