Glowing reviews for theatre company mentored by Drama LecturerFriday 8 July 2016
A young Spanish theatre company mentored by Liverpool Hope University Drama Lecturer Stephe Harrop has received glowing reviews for its first UK performances.
Teatro Inverso are performing the play Rosaura as part of the Women and War Festival - a month-long multi-discipline festival documenting, exploring and giving voice to the experiences of women from across the world before, during and after war.
In a review for The Guardian, Michael Billington wrote that Rosaura “proves that 'Calderón’s play is as much about free will as the illusoriness of existence … offering a fresh, feminist perspective on a mysterious masterpiece”.
Dr Harrop has been mentoring the company's work on Rosaura for the past year, using techniques drawn from her practice as a performance storyteller, and from her storytelling teaching, to help the company develop their own unique re-vision of a revered classical drama.
Teatro Inverso’s Rosaura is a contemporary response to the Spanish Golden Age drama Life is a Dream.
Dr Harrop said: “It's been a great pleasure to work with Teatro Inverso on this project, exploring how storytelling can help us to articulate our own perspectives on a classic play, and how we can re-make inherited narratives in order to contest contemporary injustices. I'm hugely proud of what the company has achieved!”
Picture by Tristram Kenton