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The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra

12 Jun - 30 Jun

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Cervantes Theatre

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London

Timmy is being bullied at school because of his favourite backpack, a bright pink backpack full of little ponies from his favourite TV series. Daniel and Irene try to confront the brutal school bullying that Timmy is subjected to. A school that protects its bullies and a couple that tries to do the best for their child will witness how Timmy escapes to an imaginary universe to protect himself from the insufferable reality.

Directed by Paula Paz, Associate Director of the Cervantes Theatre, and starring Rachel Sanders and Paul Albertson.

I once read the news on Gryson Bruce, a 9-year-old boy from North Carolina, who in 2014 suffered several physical and verbal attacks as a result of carrying a My Little Pony backpack. He was forbidden to bring the backpack to the school and I couldn’t believe it. What is better, to follow the views of the majority or to defend your own child’s freedom of choice?‘  Paco Bezerra, playwright.

The Little Pony will run from 12 June to 30 June in English. Tuesday to Saturday 7.30pm – 9pm

90 minutes with no interval

Ticket prices: From £20 and £15 concessions

Press night 14 June

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Paco Bezerra is a recipient of numerous awards, including the National Literary Drama Award in 2009 and the Calderon de la Barca Theatre Drama Prize for New Authors in 2007.  His plays have been premiered in eleven countries and translated in more than ten languages. In addition, his plays were showcased as rehearsed readings at festivals world-wide. Paco Bezerra’s notable works include: The Little Pony, Grooming, Inside the Earth, Mr Ye Loves Dragons, Lulu, Fedra, The Holidays Start Now, The School of Disobedience and Ventaquemada.

Paula Paz is co-founder and Associate Director of the Cervantes Theatre and the Spanish Theatre Company. She is a theatre director and former professional ballet dancer (Angel Corella Ballet, Ballet Ireland and Maria Gimenez Ballet) and holds an MA with distinction in theatre directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She has directed The Swallow (Cervantes Theatre), Darwin’s Tortoise (Cervantes Theatre), Knives in Hens (Karamel Club Theatre), Eigengrau (Mountview MA), History of a Staircase (Canada Water Cultural Space), Hay que deshacer la Casa (White Bear Theatre).

Rachel Sanders trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama. Theatre credits include: Jane Wenham (Out of Joint /Arcola/Tour); War Horse (National Theatre/West End); Absolute Beginners (Lyric Hammersmith); Top Girls (Watford Palace); Cariad, Valentine (Operating Theatre Company); His Dark Materials, The Bacchai and Othello (National Theatre); A Servant to Two Masters, Richard III, Faust, La Nuit de Valgones, Romeo & Juliet and The Cherry Orchard (RSC); Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III and The Taming Of The Shrew (The Globe); Osama the Hero, A Single Act and Revelations (Hampstead Theatre); The Romans in Britain (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); The Journey of Mary Kelly, The Four Seasons and A Christmas Carol (Theatr Clwyd); Mother Courage and The Tempest (Shared Experience); Silence (Birmingham Rep); Romeo and Juliet (Ludlow Festival/ Northcott Exeter); The Farmer’s Bride (Wild Iris); Elvis is Alive (Edinburgh Festival) and Rosa Carnivora (Arts Threshold). Film and television credits include: Doctors; Dream Team; The Bill; Coronation Street; Picking Up the Pieces; The Wyvern Mysteries; Starhunter2300; Double Exposure; Thicker than Water and The Auctioneer.

Paul Alberston graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and became a leading actor for the Glasgow Citizens Theatre over a period of ten years. Other recent theatre credits include: White Fang and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (both at the Park Theatre, London); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Kings Theatre Edinburgh); The Rover (Hampton Court), Betrayal (Byre Theatre St Andrews); The People Next Door (Theatre Royal Stratford East); Damages (The Bush Theatre); and Carl in Carver (The Arcola). Recent film and TV work include: Extras with Ricky Gervais; Sherlock; Love Soup; Holby City; Heartbeat; Coronation Street; All at Sea; Honourable Rebel; Excalibur Rising; The Great Director and Radioactive.

The Cervantes Theatre opened in November 2016 and was shortlisted in the 2018 The Stage Awards.  It is the home of the Spanish Theatre Company, a charity that aims to bring the best Spanish and Latin American theatre to London reaching British audiences, thereby promoting Spanish language dramatic arts. The Cervantes Theatre was founded by the renowned Spanish director, producer, and actor, Jorge de Juan. His directing credits include The Public, The Grain Store, End of the Rainbow, Dracula, The 39 Steps and The Woman in Black.  As an actor, he has appeared in more than 20 plays, 50 films and TV series.  He received the Francisco Rabal Film Award for his starring role in El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990) and the Turia Theatre Award for his performance in La Mujer de Negro (1998).  As a producer and writer, his film, Bala Perdida, starring David Carradine, received the Best Film award at the Mostra de Valencia Cinema Awards. Recently, Jorge has been collaborated as a dramaturg in M-Dao for the English National Ballet.

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12 Jun
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30 Jun
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