A season of work which aims to increase visibility for Latin American artists is being staged at the Actors Centre in London.
The programme of work is running as part of the Actors Centre’s John Thaw Initiative, which showcases works in development.
It is being curated by Untold Collectiv, which is an organisation dedicated to increasing representation for marginalised voices.
Running from January 22 to April 9 2020, the season presents 24 work-in-progress productions from artists of Latin American heritage.
These include Mariana Malena’s Mad Girl’s Love Song, which is based on Sylvia Plath’s poem and tackles domestic violence, and Juan Pablo Aguilera Justiniano’s La Jana, which recalls the 2010 Chilean earthquake.
Other works in the season include a show by Lance Belville and Carlos Ambrosi about two Mexican chefs caught in the tailspin of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, called Qadaffi’s Cook, and Ana Carolina Borges’ Letters to my Dead Mother.
Daniela Cristo Mantilla and Sammy Attalah of Untold Collectiv said: “The shows from this season are very different from each other in themes, form and stories, which celebrate the complexity of our continent.
“Being Latin American is being mixed, yet everyone’s experience is completely different and unique. Yes, we all share a culture, yet every country, city, and community has a very specific history.”
They added: “As one of the fastest growing communities in the UK that is not represented in the National Census, it’s time to be loud and proud of our culture.”
Mitchell Reeve, theatre programme manager at the Actors Centre, added: “Representation and inclusivity is at the heart of the Actors Centre and the John Thaw Initiative, which consistently offers a development platform to underrepresented voices, and that is why it is such an honour to have Untold Collectiv curating this season of Latinx theatre.”