Tejas Verdes

Fermín Cabal’s play is a celebration of human rights, a cry against totalitarianism. Focusing on the story of one woman, the play is a compelling memory piece of the 3,000 who were violently killed during the Pinochet regime that lasted from 1973 to 1990 in Chile.

Cast includes: Ava Pickett, Evelyn Lockley, Susan Hoffman, Hayley Hirsch, and Frances Keyton.

Director - Emily Louizou
Music Composition - David Denyer
Designer - Adelaide Green
Movement - Ioli Filippakopoulou
Lighting Design - Guido Garcia Lueches
Producer - Rachel Horowitz
Translator - Robert Shaw
Stage Manager - Alex Karavia
Assistant Designer - Cara Evans
Marketing - Karima Sammout
Video - Vasilis Katsaros
Photography - Konstantinos N. Papaoikonomou
The Masks Of Aphra Behn

Written and Performed by Claire Louise Amias
Directed by Pradeep Jey
Collide Theatre present
by Fermin Cabal
translated by Robert Shaw

The most important human right is the right to life itself. And then prohibition to torture follows. No human being could argue the opposite. But what happens when the wrong people are found – or even elected – in the wrong positions?

Fermín Cabal’s play is a haunting and compelling piece of art about humanity’s brutal ability to cause pain and horror. Tejas Verdes, an idyllic hotel was turned into a torture camp during General Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile. The play received its UK premiere in 2005 and tells the story of one girl, Colorina, who comes to symbolize the 3,000 who were brutally killed by Pinochet regime.

It is a harrowing account of life under totalitarian rule; about the extreme censorship, torture and violations of all basic human rights which occurred from 1973 to 1990 in Chile. It is important to note that the UK and the USA offered support for Pinochet’s coup in 1973.

An all-female cast presents a collage of perspectives, ranging from Pinochet’s lawyer to his victims of abuse. Through this multiplicity of views we ask you to choose whether you want to defend a dictator – with the argument of economic prosperity perhaps – or condemn him in the name of humanity.

In our production the time is the present – or even the future? – and the place could be any country. Forty-four years after the coup, we felt the need to tell this story again. Violating vital human rights should not be acceptable. Forty-four years later, we wonder whether our world has changed much.

We invite you to question the rapid rise of fascism in today’s world, and to celebrate the importance of tolerance and respect in our society.

What the critics said:

★★★★ 'An excellent, pitch-perfect production. It it both brutal and beautiful, and never maudlin. Louizou and her talented cast confronts us with the pain and suffering; and pose uncomfortable questions... A challenging experience!' - Performance Reviewed

★★★★★ 'The acting by every cast member is phenomenal. This production’s stripped-back approach is ideal, treating the text with sensitivity and never tipping over into melodrama.' - Playstosee

With Tejas Verdes, Collide Theatre have again put together and presented a first-rate show which works on many levels
A fascinating and thought-provoking piece!' - LondonTheatre1

★★★★ 'Excellent! The acting is impressively strong and Tejas Verdes succeeds entirely in its outcry for the respect of human rights!' - Everything Theatre

'Frankly breath-taking! A powerful production, which combines an excellent use of space with actors full of talent and sensitivity.' - Savage

Please note, this performance contains references to rape and strong language.

Due to venue licensing laws, entry is strictly 18+.

Streatham Hill Theatre is a Grade 2 listed building and, as such, is not accessible via lift to the event spaces on the 1st and 2nd floors. If you have accessibility needs, please get in touch.

Saturday, 8 July, 2017 - 17:00 to Saturday, 22 July, 2017 - 16:30
Organisation holding the event: 
The So & So Arts Club
Point of Contact: 
Dave Spencer