Southwark Playhouse presents
Join a group of artists from Latin America and Spain for a evening of song, dance, art, spoken word, comedy and translation. Barrio will celebrate the diversity and resilience of the community living and working in the Elephant in times of change.
Participants and acts confirmed so far include:
Cinthia Lilen, actor and compere for the night.
René Alvarez’s Quartet providing a wide range of Cuban music: from danzon and traditional songs to salsa and merengue styles, including funk and R&B fusion.
Students from Saint Gabriel’s College dancing a Colombian Cumbia
Pepa Duarte as Señorita Rita, a fierce drag queen who challenges what being Latina is all about through comedy and dance.
Emad Megahed, a leading trader at the Elephant and Castle Shopping centre will share a poem in Arabic about homeland and the experience of belonging away from home.
Sonia Quintero, a London based poet
Almiro Andrade, actor, director, playwright and translator.
Bettine Solf, actor and singer songwriter.
Ana Torre, actor, playwright and spoken word artist
Anna Alvarez, dancer and choreographer who will interpret a contemporary reinvention of the tango
Meg Peterson, portrait artist
The evening will also see the premiere of a specially composed song about the Elephant. Barrio has been written by Mary Ann Vargas, composed by Eliane Correa (Wara) and will be interpreted by Sandra Barroso Montero.
Barrio is directed by Mary Ann Vargas
Main collaborators, Pepa Duarte and Cinthia Lilen
Thank you to Elizabeth Duque, Kevin Stora, Claudia Bernal and Emad Megahed, traders at the Elephant and Castle shopping centre who kindly shared their experiences with us.
This project is in collaboration with Language Acts and Worldmaking.