The CASA Latin American Theatre Festival was created by Daniel Goldman in 2007. The artistic director noticed that while Latin American cinema, music, visual arts, and literature were all proving a great success, the world of theatre was sadly being forgotten. The festival aims to expose UK audiences to Latin American theatre and support Latin American theatre artists in the UK.
Running from 10th -19th October, this year CASA are focussing on emerging theatre companies and young performers to give them a ladder to climb. Although the main aspect of the festival is theatre, CASA are highlighting all Latin American culture. Rich Mix will exhibit CasArt, which looks looks at the theme of 'Home', as well as having special cabaret & music nights so you can feel the Latin American the vibe. You can also explore the culture's cuisine with a Latin American menu. All the dishes are £7 or £22 if you buy in conjunction with a performance. There is a different dish each day, including Bandeja Paisa, oxtail stew, fish stew Ajiaco, corn soup, seafood soup, Mondongo, and more.
There will also be workshops, such as learning Spanish slang, and taking part in theatre. The theatre workshops are in Spanish, but interpreted in English. You can practice mime work and look at the history of the Spanish Troubadour.
There will be twelve theatre productions in total, premiering with The Sand Settlers Caldo con Enjundia narrates a true story about the disappearance of a local boxing star in the 1940s during a time of Chilean persecution. This will be followed by Come Visit Argentina, a physical comedy that examines Argentine stereotypes. Tickets to the shows are between £6 - £40. The majority will be held at Rich Mix, but some, such as Family Matters and How do You Want me to Want You will be at the Rose Lipman Building, while The Araucaniad will be at the Barbican.