Monday 9th October
Time: 8:30 pm. PLAY: The S is Silent (Audience winner 2022)
Author: Marina Cusí Sánchez
Director: Marina Cusí Sánchez
Cast: Marina Cusí Sánchez, Isobel Sheard, Daniel Seorici, James Little
Producer: Produced by Mad, Who?
Suitable for 12+
Running Time: 50 min, plus Q&A in English & Spanish
No interval, In Spanish, with English subtitles.
Venue: Bush Theatre, The Studio, 7 Uxbridge Rd, W12 8LJ, London
Spain is currently being shaken to its core by an expanding feminist wave crashing against its deeply rooted patriarchal social structures. But to understand this movement we must look back to an uncomfortable past through the eyes and voices of those who have been historically left out of the narrative: women.
In The ‘S’ Is Silent , a group of friends find clues about life during Spain‟s recent fascist past as they help Marina dig through her late grandmother’s belongings. However, rummaging through generational trauma isn’t easy. If knowing about our past is the only way of not repeating the same errors in the future, how can we learn from a history that has been silenced?
Through spoken word, visual poetry, and flamenco dance, Mad, Who? will transport audiences to the most important events of the Spanish civil war, retold from a woman‟s perspective. As Europe descends into what seems like a revival of fascist ideals, with several countries electing far-right parties to lead them, we must look back into our not-sodistant past to see what happens when hate, bigotry, and a fascist government wins over a country.
Marina Cusí Sanchez is a Catalan-born, Essex-based multidisciplinary artist whose work focuses on human rights advocacy through community-based, multicultural practices, and the exploration of multimedia storytelling‟s potential for social revolution, all through an intersectional feminist lens. Her first play with Mad, Who?, The „S‟ Is Silent, a bilingual show about womanhood during fascism in Spain, was awarded the FesTeLOff 2022 Audience‟s Award and had its Off-West-End debut at The Pleasance Theatre in April 2023, followed by a London run at The Space Theatre.