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Anthology

Black Beach: 3 Catalan Plays

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Edited by Jeff Teare and Jordi Coca.
Translated by Richard Thomson.

Black Beach by Jordi Coca

The Sale by Lluisa Cunille

Naked by Joan Casas

These Catalan plays can perhaps best be seen in contrast to the British tradition of 'state of the nation' and 'in yer face' playwrighting. The plays are somewhat enigmatic and even elliptical. They represent elements of a more 'European' less 'UK' playwrighting style with echoes of early Pinter, maybe David Mercer. There is just a hint of Mark Ravenhill/Sarah Kane but any potential violence is purely implied. 'The Sale' is an apparently non-political work concerned with three characters involved in the selling and buying of an apartment - solitary souls who are lost in the desert of the modern world, seeking an arm to cling on to so that they may be saved. It has a social context but this is subservient to the characters' stilted emotional interaction. A collision between the personal and the political; a past affair that might just rekindle and present corruption in 'the party'. Can he persuade her not to cause trouble for the party leadership or will she ignore the feelings she still has for him to bring the leadership down? 'Black Beach' is more naturalistic but even here we are not really told exactly what the politics of 'the party' is.