Ragazzi was a theatre company set up by Robert Delamere to premiere works from the Hispanic theatrical canon and also present political works from contemporary Hispanic Theatre.
The Lorca Festival was their inaugural production of this ‘remarkable young company’ which ran at the Battersea Arts Centre. The Festival was a sequence of three, rarely performed pieces from the Spanish playwright artist and playwright, Federico Garcia Lorca.
Buster Keaton’s Spin (El paseo de Buster Keaton). Lorca wrote a short [screen]play about silent movie star Buster Keaton El paseo de Buster Keaton (Buster Keaton goes for a stroll) in 1928.
The Puppet Play of Don Cristóbal (Retablillo de Don Cristóbal) is a play for puppet theatre by the twentieth-century Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. It was written in 1931 and was first performed on 11 May 1935 at the Book Fair in Madrid, in a performance in which Lorca operated the puppets himself. Don Cristóbal is a kind of Punch character (which itself was based on Pulcinella), who also appears in García Lorca's earlier puppet play, The Billy-Club Puppets (written in 1931).
Known as "A Farce of Puppets" the one-act Spanish puppet play was written by Federico García Lorca. Don Cristóbal and the other puppets are Punch and Judy Style puppets. The play is a Tragic Comedy involving adultery, crude humor, and violent actions. It was the only Punch and Judy Style puppet piece Lorca would write. The play itself plays off the theme rich old man buys young beautiful wife and the consequences that ensue.
The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife (La zapatera prodigiosa), also known as The Shoemaker's Wonderful Wife and The Shoemaker's Prosperous Wife, is a play by the twentieth-century Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. It was written between 1926 and 1930, and first performed in 1930.
The play tells the story of a volatile relationship between a married couple, a 53-year-old shoemaker and his 18-year-old wife. The story follows the wife's struggle against her husband, the mayor, neighbours, suitors, and a "boy". The shoemaker and his wife are shunned in their society because they are different. The shoemaker leaves the wife. She is very sad and sorry. The mayor, young man in the sash and young man in the hat all swoop in as soon as the shoemaker leaves, trying to woo her. They all fail miserably. The wife stays loyal to the shoemaker. She has to open a cafe so that she has enough money to live on. The Shoemaker, tired of a life on the road, is sorry and comes back disguised as a puppeteer. He tells the wife he is sorry and she accepts him back happily and warmly.
The Shoemaker's Prodigious Wife features a poem, recited by the Shoemaker when disguised as a puppet-master. The poem provides a condensed version of the story of The Shoemaker's life.
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