Fermín Cabal’s critically acclaimed play Tejas Verdes, based on a moving true-life story set in 1970s Chile, will get its Scottish premiere at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
It stars Holby City actress Madeleine Potter as a brave woman who disappears one night in Santiago following a vicious military coup by General Pinochet.
Potter is no stranger to theatre, having also starred in the world premiere of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis at the Royal Court Theatre.
A Poetic Remembrance
Tejas Verdes (or ‘Green Gables’), was a former sea-side hotel and resort for the rich and privileged. It was later turned into a military engineering school run by Manuel Contreras, who was to become the head of Pinochet’s secret police, the DINA (Dirección de Inteligencia Nacional).
Following Pinochet’s bloody coup in 1973, Tejas Verdes became a torture and detention centre. According to Cabal’s haunting and evocative play, the torture was carried out in the old music room, with church bells tolling above.
It is a poetic remembrance of a woman who was tortured and disappeared during Pinochet’s violent regime because she fought for her country’s freedom.
The play compassionately tells her story and that of the other people who played a part in what happened to her, willingly or not.
It is a very timely production because 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Pinochet coup. Director Robert Shaw told us:
“We are proud to associate ourselves with Chile 40 Years On, a UK-based network of events and people set up to commemorate the Chilean human and social tragedy brought about by Pinochet’s dictatorship.”
What They Say
“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)
Dates and times
2 to 26 August 2013, 2pm -3.10pm. (Saturday – 12:30-13:40pm)
Just Festival at St John’s Church, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ
Gallery from Tejas Verdes, January 2007:
[Photos by Robert Shaw]