OUT OF THE WINGS FESTIVAL 2024

PRESENTED BY OUT OF THE WINGS
Out of the Wings returns for its 8th festival of play readings from Ibero-America, in UK-premiere English translations.

Out of the Wings (OOTW) returns for its eighth annual festival of theatre in translation from the worlds of Spanish- and Portuguese-language playwriting. Over five nights, we present readings of plays from five different countries, all in English translation and in the UK for the first time.

Our 2024 festival brings work from Ecuador and El Salvador to our line-up for the first time, as well as plays from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain. Exploring Ibero-America’s past, present and future with extraordinary range, the plays of #OOTW2024 celebrate indigenous heritage, grapple with historical injustice, question humanity’s place in the world today, and boldly imagine societies yet to come.

The play-readings are one element of OOTW’s six-day programme of theatre in translation. This unmissable flagship event in the OOTW calendar begins with the OOTW Forum at King’s College London, then continues all week with practical workshops, our festival book-sale, and opportunities to meet the OOTW team informally in the Omnibus bar.

Discover with us the best of Ibero-American playwriting, in a celebration of international collaboration and theatre in translation.

Born out of a collaboration between its co-founders and the Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed Spanish Golden Age season, OOTW has been bringing English translations of theatre from the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds to the UK and beyond since 2008.

All plays at #OOTW2024 will be presented as staged readings.

Pictured: Joe Haddad, Daniel Passi, Constanza Ruff and Ella Zilkha at #OOTW2023 (Photo: Terry Cripps)

16-20 JUL
7:30PM
#OOTW2024
£12 STANDARD
£8 CONCESSION

VOLCANO OF THE WITCHES

16 JUL

How are collective memories formed and why can they become dangerous? What are the villagers of Puerto Sirena hiding? Lía’s news piece on her curious childhood island takes a dramatic turn when she finds out its myths and legends disguise a dark past, and her mother is concerned.  

STATE OF VEGETATION

17 JUL

State of Vegetation is a polyphonic, branching, exuberant, reiterative, divisible and sessile monologue. Its protagonist is a woman, who is not an individual; she is a multitude, a swarm. This is not an animal play; it is a vegetable play.    

ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE SEA

18 JUL

A deserted beach, a nameless, homeless fisherman and a strictly-by-the-rules census-taker. He desperately needs an ID and she refuses to give him one since he has no “identity.” A sweetly saltwater play about borders, documentation, and a dog.    

TROPICAL PHARAOH & THE TREASURE OF THE LLANGANATES

19 JUL

A body is abandoned to make way for Tutankhamun’s spirit through a trance. An ox is sacrificed to make this meeting possible. The pharaoh comes back to life to look at, talk to and celebrate the living in modern-day Brazil. Meanwhile, somewhere beneath the mountains of Ecuador, an Indigenous ruler returns to reclaim his legacy.

SILVIA K'S LAST STAND

20 JUL

An epidemic of equine mutations divides the world’s population into Humans and Hybrids. As a tsunami of fascism advances across the globe, a woman runs a circus on the outskirts of a city, a father tries to sacrifice his son “to create a MYTH” and a son, born through surrogacy, decides to look for his mother.