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Ay Carmela - NZ Fringe Festival 2019

Ay Carmela - NZ Fringe Festival 2019

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  • Tue 5 Mar, 8:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Wed 6 Mar, 8:30pm – 10:00pm
  • Thu 7 Mar, 8:30pm – 10:00pm


BATS Theatre, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $22.00
  • Concesion: $16.00
  • Groups +6: $15.00


BATS Theatre

Ay Carmela comes to the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2019.

A story of the human cost of war connects New Zealand with The Spanish Civil War.

Wellington, March 2019: Babel Theatre is bringing Ay Carmela, the widely acclaimed Spanish theatre play, to the New Zealand Fringe Festival 2019 (BATS Theatre). A story about the human cost of war set in the Spanish Civil War.

The play tells the story of Carmela and Paulino , a couple of Spanish travelling entertainers, that mistakenly cross the border separating the two opposing sides of the war. Unexpectedly, they end up in Belchite, a village recently conquered by the National Army.

Carmela and Paulino are forced to improvise a theatrical evening to celebrate the defeat of the enemy. What begins as an entertaining tribute to the victors ends as a tragic comedy.

New Zealanders participating in the Spanish Civil War? The play also explores the connection of New Zealand with the Spanish Civil War through the role of the International Brigades (the prisoners), played by local actors as extras.

Mark Derby, a historian and writer from Wellington, has written two historical books (Kiwi Compañeros and Petals&Bullets) about the New Zealanders that went to help Spain in the Spanish Civil War against fascism, as part of the International Brigades. Mark Derby’s books will be available for sale during the performance of Ay Carmela.

The play is performed in its original language (Spanish). However, the company has worked hard at adapting the script for an English speaking audience.

Daniel Fernandez (Paulino) and Adriana Yianacou (Carmela) are experienced Spanish actors, resident in New Zealand. Ian Sinclair (war journalist and flamenco guitar player from New Zealand) joins them as The Narrator (in English) and brings his flamenco guitar live on stage, creating a unique atmosphere. Ay Carmela was performed in Auckland in August 2018 as part of the International Theatre Festival, organized by TAPAC.

The company is very proud of bringing International Theatre to Aotearoa and to create an opportunity to give visibility to the Spanish and Latin American community, as part of the cultural diversity present in this country.

“We wanted to take the audience to another time, when the world was facing challenges that would change the shape of the human history forever”, says Daniel Fernandez, actor, producer and director.
“I didn’t need to understand the language. Your superb acting had me under your spell. You told the story with your heart, body and soul”. (Auckland audience member)

“Although I do not speak Spanish and knew the basic story, I was fully entertained and gripped by the outstanding performances from both actors. Their palpable and comedic execution soared and delighted their audience every step of the way”. (Margaret-Mary Hollins)

Tickets available at: https://bats.co.nz/whats-on/ay-carmela

About Babel Theatre: Cultural diversity as a creative tool.
Babel Theatre is a collaborative company created in 2017 (Auckland) that promotes the use of cultural diversity as a creative tool. The company intertwines a variety of backgrounds and skills, like physical theatre, music, and circus, to create stories that ask questions about the world that we live in.

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