We Must Throw the Cows Down the Ravine
Saturday 14 September - 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm£9 – £12
|This page is for the performance on Saturday 14 September at 8.15pm.
Please note, this is not the only performance of this play.
Adapted from the best selling book, Voices of the Labyrinth by Spanish author Ricard Ruiz Garzon, the reality of schizophrenia is explored. Told from the view of both patients and family members, these true testimonials challenge the stigma and discrimination experienced by people dealing with mental health issues and help us realise that each individual’s journey is a very personal one.
The show was first produced in Caracas and is now touring Europe. In June it opened at Teatro La Maquina in Valenica before moving to the renowned Teatro Español in Madrid. In July it transferred to London where the show was performed at the Cervantes Theatre in Southwalk and it will now be performed at the Wanstead Fringe.
In the UK the show is performed in English.
Creative team and cast
A La Caja de Fosforos and Teatro del Contrajuego production
Directed by Orlando Arocha
La Caja de Fosforos is a black box theatre in Caracas, Venezuela. A small theatre with a big reputation. In its first six years of existence it staged over 50 plays, and it continues to stage new Venezuelan playwrights and contemporary authors from Europe and the USA, combined with a concerted effort in the training of a new generation of Venezuelan playwrights, actors and directors. Its unique focus has placed it at the forefront of the Caracas theatre scene
A message from the director, Orlando Arocha
“With the current situation in Venezuela so volatile and chaotic, we do not know when we will have the opportunity to perform in Europe again. Indeed, the future of our 30 years old company in Caracas is often under threat; our industry’s creatives are leaving for better lives abroad and our government makes daily life a struggle for everyone. For the past few months we have been dealing with electricity blackouts on a daily basis. When the government recently seized our theatre generator we asked our audience to provide the lighting with their phones. Our theatre is open and in the face of adversity we continue to produce and perform plays that are innovative, groundbreaking, shocking and memorable. We have great support from the British Council, the USA Embassy, the EU representation in Caracas and several European Embassies. With their help we are able to fund our productions in Caracas and form international alliances – we recently hosted a playwriting workshop by the award winning British Theatre Company, Paines Plough. We are thrilled to be here in Europe and especially to have been invited to bring our show to the Wanstead Fringe.”