Tejas Verdes (Edinburgh 2013)

St John’s Church
Princes Street

2-26 August 2013

by Fermín Cabal, translated by Robert Shaw

Madeleine Potter

Directed by Robert Shaw
Designed by Sarah Paulley
Lighting designed by Conleth White
Stage Manager Catherine Lewis
Assistant Designer Gillian Argo
Produced by Chris Foxon
Press Officer Liz Smith
Assistant Director Alice Kornitzer

“We are not beggars. I am not here for you to toss your pity at me like breadcrumbs tossed to a cripple. Because I know you’re listening to me; and my voice won’t be silent, not yet.”

Madeleine Potter (Holby City; Midsomer Murders; the world premiere of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis at the Royal Court Theatre) stars in the Scottish premiere of multi-award-winning Fermín Cabal’s critically acclaimed play.

Chile. September 11, 1973. General Pinochet claims power in a vicious coup. Tejas Verdes, an idyllic sea-side resort for the rich, beautiful and fortunate, becomes a torture and death camp. The torture was carried out in the old music room, beneath the tolling of the church bells.

40 years later, Tejas Verdes remembers a woman tortured and disappeared; her voice and the voices of those who shared her story ring out with poetic beauty and overwhelming love.


★★★★★ ‘The achievement of Tejas Verdes is not just that it reminds us of the appalling crimes committed under Pinochet’s fascist Junta, but that it gives a voice to these memories in a way that transcends its specific political situation and invites an examination of your own ethical life. It is a devastating intervention on historical apathy as well as a reminder of residual guilt. It is essential, brutal theatre that demands and deserves our attention. It is something I will never forget.’
James Macnamara (Broadwaybaby.com)

★★★★★ ‘Fermín Cabal has penned a searing indictment of General Pinochet’s Chile that resonates as strongly today as it did in Thea Sharrock’s unforgettably atmospheric British première eight years ago. This is political theatre of the first order.’
Phillip Fisher (British Theatre Guide)

…an admirable intensity and complexity about Fermin Cabal’s monologue Tejas Verdes …a snap and drive of political and psychological analysis.’
Joyce MacMillan (The Scotsman)

★★★★★ ‘Madeleine Potter’s performance is exquisite. Hers is an exceptional craft, expertly tightened by Robert Shaw’s direction.’
James Macnamara (Broadwaybaby.com)

★★★★ ‘…this haunting play, written by Fermín Cabal and beautifully translated by Robert Shaw.’
Michelle Conlin (Fresh Fringe)

★★★★ ‘…compelling… Cabal’s play stuns like a great work of art.’
Edd McCracken (Fest Magazine)

★★★★ ‘compelling, powerful.’
Elspeth Rudd (Three Weeks)

RECOMMENDED SHOW ‘A powerful play with a strong central performance from Madeleine Potter.’
Clare Simpson (Fringe Review)

The script was sensational, beautifully translated and hauntingly brutal at points. Possibly the most haunting section of the script is where a mother describes her son being tortured. Potter delivered this moment so realistically that members of the audience were reduced to tears and one member even let out a huge cry of disgust. The language, imagery and flawless delivery of this script made for a fantastic production.’
Joshua Cannon (blog review)

‘It really is the right time.’
Robbie Coltrane

‘Eloquently translated; impossible to forget.’
Michael Billington (The Guardian)

‘Warm, rich, even poetic.’
James Naughtie (The Times)

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