Presentacion Firewalk Theatre

 

Firewalk Theatre’s first production was “Frankenstein” (1997), an ambitious project, and was performed on 80 occasions during the 1998-99 season before more than 16,000 spectators in the Spanish regions of Aragón, Cataluña, Castilla la Mancha, Castilla León and Galicia. The following year the company toured the remainder of the Spanish territory including the Canary Isles, the Balearic Islands and Melilla.

 

In 1998 Firewalk Theatre decided to produce its plays in Spanish as well as in English, thus consolidating the bilingual nature of the company, and adding new Spanish actors to the team while conserving the highly visual and dynamic style in both languages.

 

The first English tour was organised the same year with a total of 21 performances in Spanish throughout the UK, assisted by the Instituto Cervantes.

Firewalk Theatre’s second major work was “Drakula” (2002), along the same lines as “Frankenstein” regarding aesthetics and complexity and with the same dynamic, visual theatrical style found to be so successful and so necessary when working with non-native audiences.

“Drakula” was a success both in the UK and in Spain. In England two tours were organised, this time with the help of the Spanish Embassy in London, and in Spain it was selected as finalist in two national-level theatre competitions: “La Garnacha” in Haro where it won the Audience Prize, and “Arcipreste de Hita” in Guadalajara. In 2002 “Drakula” was the play with most spectators in Aragón.

The following year saw the production of “Don Quixote and Marcela’s Quest”, a small-scale version of Cervantes’ classic concentrating on the equality of the sexes as portrayed in the episode of the shepherdess, Marcela. This, like previous Firewalk Theatre productions, received assistance from the Cultural Department of the Government of Aragón and was very successful in 2005 due to the 400th anniversary of the publication of “Don Quijote”.

 

The key to Firewalk Theatre’s success is undoubtedly the highly visual style of its productions, combining an easy-to-follow story, clear characterisation, frequent changes of mood, impressive sound and light sequences and special effects. Performances for schools audiences always include a copy of the script, specially written with the language-learner in mind, which is sent to attending schools beforehand for previous study in class, and a series of exercises and activities based on the text for use as a follow-up to the show.

 

Firewalk Theatre visits the UK regularly each year in the spring and autumn for a four-week tour on each occasion. Performances for Spain are available from November to May.

Firewalk Theatre is sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes and the Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia.

 

PLAYS

1997: “Frankenstein” (adaptación Rupert Marshall)
- Muestra de Teatro de Alcañiz (1999)

1999: “El Circo de los Horrores” (Luis Orna)

- Muestra de Teatro de Alcañiz (2000)
- premio “Oasis” al mejor espectáculo infantil (2000)
2002: “Drákula”(adaptación Rupert Marshall)
- XVI Feria de Teatro de Aragón (2002)
- premio del público V Certamen Nacional “La Garnacha”, Haro (2002)
- finalista XXVI Certamen Nacional “Arcipreste de Hita”, Guadalajara  (2004)
2003: “Velada Española” (Xabier Rodríguez)
2003: “Don Quijote y la Búsqueda de Marcela” (adaptación Rubén Castro)
2006  “Circo Rimbombanti” (Rupert Marshall)

- Muestra de Teatro de Alcañiz (2006)

2007  “El Lazarillo de Tormes” (adaptación Javier Tenías y Rupert Marshall)

2008  “El Camino de Santiago” (Rupert Marshall)

2008  “The Great MIlagrovski” ( Rupert Marshall)

2008  “Robinson Crusoe” (adaptación Pedro Rebollo)

2011  “Scary Stories” (Rubén Castro)

2011  “Aquarius” ( Rupert Marshall)