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In front of a live audience a failing theatremaker creates a play in a last attempt to find perseverance for the arts. She journeys through someone else’s life in order to understand her own.
With the help of her co-star they set the scene in post-war Spain and put the seamstress Rosa in the spotlight. Ser Actriz. Estar presente. As they battle through layers of reality, they explore what it means to become someone, to be someone and to be present. In the hope that she can lose herself in her muse Rosa, she turns to speaking the same language: Spanish.
Ripped at the Seams came first place in FesTeLOFF Festival in December 2022.
Monica is a story-orientated theatre director and writer who is interested in the themes of human connection, belonging and identity. Her work is characterised by the female and queer voice, and she is interested in using
multiple languages and audience engagement when exploring form. She completed her Masters in theatre-making from Carlos III University in Madrid in 2022 where, as a final project, she co-wrote and co-directed P.O.V [point of view], which was performed at Pradillo Theatre. She has also completed the Filmmaking Certificate from National Film and Television School (2022). She directed The Sewing Box (WIP) for Festeloff festival (2022) and was awarded 1st place by the jury panel. She was selected for Theatre 503 Wandsworth Writes programme. She has assistant directed for productions which have been performed at The Finborough, The Arcola, Cervantes Theatre and La Abadia (Madrid).
Luis Fernández Ruz is a playwright, director and actor. He trained at the Réplika Teatro Academy for Actors, has a degree in Performing Arts-Interpretation at the TAI University Center for the Arts and has done a Master's in Theatremaking. In 2020, he founded the Cultural Association El mito de Sísifo, from which the Teatro de Sísifo Company was created, having his plays on in Madrid (Historia de un vendedor de espadrilles, Vida en una tienda de ataúdes or Medianoche en la trinchera). His plays focus on the absurd condition of being human and on the search for meaning in life.
Press & Reviews Winners of Festeloff 2022: https://www.festivalspanishtheatre.co.uk/archive2/festival-2022/festeloff/working-title-the-sewing-box/
'Interesting and layered. Witty human script, relatable and very natural.' - Norah López Holden, Festeloff jury 2022
Cast & Creative Team Director: Monica Cox
Writer: Luis Fernández Ruz
Performers: Paula Rodríguez and Regina Brandolino