The mother has got up now. It’s time to get back on the road.
The wheels of war start to turn. Right. Left. One more day, another. The son carries his house on his shoulders. His feet no longer thinking. The daughter, sitting down, counts the arms and legs abandoned at the side of the road. We’ll do business today. What a wonderful war!
“A theatre of gestures, ritual theatre, poor theatre, essential theatre (…) An unusual line in Valencian theatre.”
“A pictorial staging which breathes theatricality from all angles. A lyrical and potent collective creation.”
What a Wonderful War! is a gestural staging based on Mother Courage by Bertolt Brecht, where the dramaturg’s text has been substituted by stark gestures and a primitive language, almost animal, to show one of the many disasters caused by war.
Jesús Muñoz – Mother
Joan Collado – Son
Pau Pons – Daughter
Álex Cantó – Captain
Elena Goig – Soldier
Assistant to direction:
Set design and costumes:
José Ignacio de Juan
Premiered in October 2002, at the Teatro de los Manantiales, Valencia
Circuit teatral valencià, 2003-2004.
VII Certamen de Directoras de Escena de Torrejón de Ardoz
Finalist at the VII Certamen de Directoras de Escena, Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, (2004).
Award for Best Actress and Best Direction at the Festival Escènia de Foios, Valencia (2003).