THE THERAPIST

PRESENTED BY OUT OF THE WINGS
Part of Out of the Wings Festival 2021, a celebration of theatre in translation from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds.

How do you look at the enemy in the eye?

A Human Rights lawyer, accustomed to solving unwanted cases, receives an unusual proposal: to organise a yoga workshop for the leaders of the Peru’s most notorious terrorist groups: The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) and MRTA (Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru). The men are serving life sentences in a maximum-security prison since their arrest in early 90s. Abimael Guzmán, Shining Path’s leader, is one of them.

All prisoners have the right to rehabilitation. But how do you teach wellbeing skills to the perpetrators of the bloodiest civil conflict in contemporary Peruvian history?

Can those responsible for such suffering be changed? To address these questions, the therapist confronts a group of now aged, fragile looking men, who remain invisible on stage. The shear act of standing there, with the audience as witness, strengthens her resolve to confront her own family history. The Therapist is above all a settling of accounts with past demons. The play takes us back in time through our protagonist’s early years, marked by abandonment, and solitude. A time when violence stalked the country, as well as home.

For Gaby Yepes, author and director of The Therapist’s production in Lima (La Terapeuta, La Plaza 2019), new stories and innovative ways of telling them are vital for Peruvian society to look back at itself critically, non-confrontationally, and fearlessly. Gigi Guizado’s translation and rehearsed reading at the Omnibus will no doubt open up this critical, imaginative space for audiences in London.

Written by Gabriela Yepes, (Peru), translated by Gigi Guizado. Directed by Mary Ann Vargas.


This performance is a reading and will take place with a live audience at Omnibus Theatre.

We are so excited to welcome you back through our doors.

We are committed to safely staging a small, but perfectly formed, programme of work while we are able. We understand that booking tickets for live events right now feels like a bit of a gamble.

We want to assure you that should Government guidance change before your event, prohibiting it from taking place, we will contact you and offer an immediate refund.

To keep you safe, we have new measures in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Please check out our Covid-19 Safety FAQs for full information on what to expect and how to prepare for your visit.

17 JUL
7:30PM
£10 STANDARD
£7.50 CONCESSION
#OOTW2021

THE THERAPIST

PRESENTED BY OUT OF THE WINGS
Part of Out of the Wings Festival 2021, a celebration of theatre in translation from the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds.

How do you look at the enemy in the eye?

A Human Rights lawyer, accustomed to solving unwanted cases, receives an unusual proposal: to organise a yoga workshop for the leaders of the Peru’s most notorious terrorist groups: The Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso) and MRTA (Movimiento Revolucionario Tupac Amaru). The men are serving life sentences in a maximum-security prison since their arrest in early 90s. Abimael Guzmán, Shining Path’s leader, is one of them.

All prisoners have the right to rehabilitation. But how do you teach wellbeing skills to the perpetrators of the bloodiest civil conflict in contemporary Peruvian history?

Can those responsible for such suffering be changed? To address these questions, the therapist confronts a group of now aged, fragile looking men, who remain invisible on stage. The shear act of standing there, with the audience as witness, strengthens her resolve to confront her own family history. The Therapist is above all a settling of accounts with past demons. The play takes us back in time through our protagonist’s early years, marked by abandonment, and solitude. A time when violence stalked the country, as well as home.

For Gaby Yepes, author and director of The Therapist’s production in Lima (La Terapeuta, La Plaza 2019), new stories and innovative ways of telling them are vital for Peruvian society to look back at itself critically, non-confrontationally, and fearlessly. Gigi Guizado’s translation and rehearsed reading at the Omnibus will no doubt open up this critical, imaginative space for audiences in London.

Written by Gabriela Yepes, (Peru), translated by Gigi Guizado. Directed by Mary Ann Vargas.


This performance is a reading and will take place with a live audience at Omnibus Theatre.

We are so excited to welcome you back through our doors.

We are committed to safely staging a small, but perfectly formed, programme of work while we are able. We understand that booking tickets for live events right now feels like a bit of a gamble.

We want to assure you that should Government guidance change before your event, prohibiting it from taking place, we will contact you and offer an immediate refund.

To keep you safe, we have new measures in line with Covid-19 guidelines. Please check out our Covid-19 Safety FAQs for full information on what to expect and how to prepare for your visit.

17 JUL
7:30PM
£10 STANDARD
£7.50 CONCESSION
#SPEAKOUTFITIN

Translator Gigi Guizado on The Therapist

Director Mary Ann Vargas on The Therapist

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Content Warnings
Age Recommendation

15+

Duration

1h30m