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DESIRE/DESIG
by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet,
translated by Sharon G. Feldman

13-31 July 2010 at the White Bear Theatre, London
Directed by JULIA STUBBS. Designed by MIKE LEES.
Cast ANNABEL CLEARE, STEPHEN CONNERY-BROWN, SIMON DE DENEY and ISABELLE GREGSON.

JOSEP MARIA BENET I JORNET is a theatre and television dramatist and scriptwriter. Born in Barcelona, he is the author of more than 40 works for the stage and has been a leading contributor to the striking revitalisation of Catalan theatre in the post Franco era. His works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, French, English, German, Polish, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Russian and Korean. At the Museu Nacional Centre d'Art Reina Sofia in Madrid on 3 May 2010, the Spanish theatre world paid tribute to his work with THE MAX AWARD OF HONOUR, a lifetime achievement award at Spain's equivalent of the Olivier Awards. His memoirs have also been published this year and are receiving a great deal of positive publicity and excellent reviews.

SHARON G. FELDMAN has translated a number of plays by prominent Catalan writers including Sergi Belbel, Pau Miró and Carles Batlle and her recent book on Catalan theatre IN THE EYE OF THE STORM has just been awarded a Serra d'Or Critics' prize in Barcelona.
'From the imagination of each member of the audience and the clouds which envelop the fiction, Desire rises up as a play of unquestionable, unsettling power.' El Publico

On a deserted road a woman repeatedly sees a man who seems to be stalking her. In her confrontation with him, she unearths her own dark motives and uncovers unspoken desires.

Exploring the nature of desire and the possibilities of self-knowledge, DESIRE won the Catalan Literature National Prize when it was first performed in Barcelona in 1991.

The play will now receive its UK premiere in a production directed by JULIA STUBBS. Julia originally trained as an actor, and played the lead role of 'She' in the premiere reading of the play's English translation at the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester in 1999 and now returns to the piece to direct its first production in this country. Julia's recent work includes the West End transfer of IN MY NAME by Steven Hevey (Trafalgar Studios) which was named as one of the "Five Best Plays" in London by the Evening Standard. Her work has been seen in London, Edinburgh, Romania and South Africa.
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Annabel Cleare
She
Stephen Connery-Brown
The Man
Simon de Deney
The Husband

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