Fuente Ovejuna

Five Actorum actors star in Fuente Ovejuna

A radical re-imagining of Lope de Vega’s classic Golden Age play with songs, romance Rob Witcomband lynching.

16th June to 8th Sept 2013
Every Sunday @ 5pm
(except 21st July and 25th Aug)
@ The CLF Art Café
(AKA The Bussey Building)

Written in 1612 and set in 1476, Lope’s account of the true story of rising up of the villagers of Fuente Ovejuna against the sexual tyranny of its overlord Fernán Gomez is regarded as one of the great classics of Golden Age Spanish Theatre.Amy Loughton

More relevant than ever in the wake of recent events in Turkey, Syria, the Arab Spring and London Riots, this revival of our 2010 summer hit show once again smashes down the fourth wall to invite the audience to become one of the villagers of Fuente Ovejuna. Will the audience rise up to destroy the tyrant? And in rising up as a mob, where does individual responsibility for collective violence lie?

Mashing together Lope’s classic text with modern day pop songs, audience participation, excerpts from Shakespeare, and a Richard and Judy-style King and Queen of Thpain, our poor theatre adaptation invites audiences to discover Lope’s pastoral tragicomedy in all its bucolic slapstick humour and gut-wrenching brutality.

Each performance will feature a different combination of eleven performers selected from a working collective of eighteen exciting actors. Furthermore, a different live band will perform a bespoke soundtrack to each performance as Fuente Ovejuna’s local wedding band.

Supported by Alhambra Beer, Totally Spain, Church Street Hotel and the Cervantes Institute.

Time Out Critic’ Choice 2010
Nominated for two offwestend.com awards (Best Production / Best Director) in 2010

Directed by Daniel Goldman

Adapted by Daniel Goldman & CastRadhika Aggarwal

Performed by Amy Loughton, Anthony Best, Andrew David, Caroline Kilpatrick, Charlotte Workman, Felix Andrew, Hannah Boyde, Hugh Will, James Marshall, Katherine Rodden, Lachan McCall, Peter Stickney, Radhika Aggarwal, Rob Witcomb, Roberto Cavazos, Sian Goff, Zoot Lynam

Produced by Liane Escorza & And Dickinson

Andrew DavidOriginal Dramaturgy by Carolina Ortega

Fuene Ovejuna premiered at the Southwark Playhouse in August 2010