The Basement Window by Antonio Buero Vallejo
In The Basement Window, researchers of a distant future study certain events and attitudes of the twentieth century as an exercise in ethics. The events presented by the researchers focus on the problematic relationship between two very different brothers (Vicente and Mario) who both try to help their parents to overcome the financial and emotional hardships caused by the Spanish Civil war. However, in doing so they always avoided addressing the crucial event which made their father lose his mind and subsequently retreat into a fantasy world which consists mainly of cutting out people from postcards and magazines, as well as observing passers-by through the window of their basement flat. As the tensions between the brothers grow and the condition of their father worsens, Mario and Vicente understand that they finally have to face the family tragedy which they both could not forget in all those years and which is about to destroy their family forever.
The Basement Window is a play about love, death, guilt and redemption in which Buero Vallejo skilfully combines concepts of Aristotelian theatre with elements of Epic theatre. Buero Vallejo is considered one of the most important playwrights in the history of Spanish theatre.
directed and produced by Daniel Fais
Rachel Dobell as The Mother
Julian Lamoral-Roberts as The Father
Francesca de Sica as Encarna
Emmanuel Koutsis as Vicente
Edward Cima as Mario
Rachael Cunliffe as She (Researcher)
Charlie Dupré as He (Researcher)
Ruby Padwick as The Prostitute
Daniel Garber as The Waiter
Eva Terzoni: Videos, Stage Design, Production
Raffaele Cericola: Lighting Designer
Daniel Garber: Assistant Director, Stage Manager