SALA BECKETT / OBRADOR

GENERAL INFORMATION / HISTORY

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DISTRICT

SANT MARTÍ

ADDRESS

PERE IV, 228-232

DATE OF CREATION

1989

OWNERSHIP

PRIVATE FOUNDATION

access. public transport

METRO L4 (POBLENOU), L1 (GLÒRIES)
TRAM T4
BUS 192, 42 B20, B25
NIGHT BUS N8, N11

PREMISES

1.000 M2
Rooms
Rehearsal rooms

ARTISTIC USES

Playwriting
Performing arts

FUNCTIONS

Training
Creation
Production
Exhibitions
Promotion

ACTIVITIES

  • Theatrical training and experimentation. Courses at different levels, from the most basic to more specialised, workshops, creative laboratories, personal tutorials, lectures and presentation of works in progress, meeting of authors and creators in other disciplines, international creation residencies, etc. The courses and workshops are taught and directed by teachers of recognised prestige from different countries.
  • Production and staging of shows.A regular programme of contemporary theatre with medium- and small-format shows directed at different types of audience (young people too), including own productions, co-productions with other centres and companies, and guest shows from this country and abroad; special attention is given to text-based drama, but without underestimating the importance of interdisciplinarity in the language of the theatre.
  • International promotion of contemporary authors. Special programmes for international promotion of active playwrights and their works, with a play translation service to several languages, online dissemination of the translated plays, organisation of exchanges, meetings, congresses and international showcases for different types of playwriting, publication of original texts, digital publishing of the magazine Pausa, etc. All of this is coordinated with centres, organisations and companies all over the world devoted to contemporary theatre.
  • Teaching activities and training for the public. Programmes and occasional teaching activities to bring non-specialist spectators closer to contemporary creation: short courses, lectures, talks, gatherings, presence at rehearsals, etc. Communication services (dossiers, leaflets, web site, etc.) with ample, reliable information on shows, activities, courses and scheduled artists.

TOOLS

Regular programmes
Creative residencies
Rentals
Courses, workshops and seminars
Dramatised readings, talks and meetings

PROMOTERS

SALA BECKET/OBRADOR INTERNACIONAL DE DRAMATURGIA

 

sala beckett/obrador internacional de dramaturgia

The Sala Beckett/ Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia is a space for dramatic creation, training and experimenting, which is especially devoted to the promotion of contemporary playwriting and provides a setting in which playwrights can meet with other theatrical creators, artists in other disciplines and the public in general.

All sorts of activities take place at the Sala Beckett and its workshop, from more or less specialised training programmes and theatrical experimenting to professional workshops or meetings of an international nature, publishing and reading of creative texts, preparation of theoretical material and translation and international promotion of texts and authors, spectacles and plays, with the accent always on new forms of writing for the stage.

Founded in 1989 by the playwright José Sanchis Sinisterra and directed by Toni Casares since 1997, over the years the Sala Beckett has become one of the emblematic sites for new Catalan playwriting, a real factory for new playwrights and a showcase for new stage writing from all over the world.

The permanent balance between training and laboratory activities and production and exhibition of professional shows have made the Sala Beckett and its workshop a special place, halfway between an arts school, a cultural centre and a theatre. A factory for contemporary drama creation with a sharp focus on playwriting and its constant updating

OBJECTIVES

  • To promote contemporary playwriting in Catalonia and the rest of the world and to stimulate constant evolution as a language of artistic creation, shaping its nature as a useful and essential cultural tool for the societies of our time.
  • To provide contemporary Catalan playwriting, especially what is known as text-based drama, and playwrights in general, with a specific space of their own that can be identified and recognised by everyone: a Playwright’s House.
  • To help establish Barcelona as one of the driving forces of contemporary European and worldwide playwriting.

HISTORY

The people’s consumer cooperative Pau i Justícia (Peace and Justice) was legally set up in 1905, although its origins go back to 1895. It had various homes until in 1922 the building we know today was built on the corner of Carrer Batista and Carrer Pere IV. This building was enlarged in 1935 and remodelled in 1964.

Apart from the shop and the workshops where food products were handled, the cooperative had its own school, café, theatre, offices and meeting-rooms. The cooperative played an important socio-economic role guaranteeing food at affordable prices, paying out invalidity grants and even building flats for social rent accommodation.

The Peace and Justice Cooperative, which continued operations until the early 1980s, had 1,250 members at its peak, workers in the Poblenou district who made these premises the centre of their social and cultural life.

ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT

Flores i Prats Arquitectes