Open Space Theatre
An interview with Francisco Morales,
Director of Open Space Theatre.
Parallel or beyond the social side of our work we have been happy to hear the collection
of recorded opinions we have of very poor kids who saw a play for the first time in their lives.
They said ‘the story or the movement were beautiful’ or that they ‘could do imagination’, travel and see
wonderful places when in actual fact there was nothing on stage but the actors playing and miming and children doing it with them.
Or when they said the story was like families should be: ‘there was no fighting’
This is why we carry on with this project, we believe in art and the wonderful sign that is in people’s lives, minds and hearts.
We have put on several plays working on concepts like history, freedom, violence, (the collective creation of a city of the future with a non-violent
structure to be exercised over its inhabitants). These plays have been enormously successful with children and teachers.
For obvious reasons we have never been able to get any subsidy from the state or successive governments as we work in an area
which is not a worry for the establishment, we are not part of it and our very stand questions a model of development based on
greediness, individualism. Inequality and gross merchandizing of art and creativity.
As we perform for audiences unable to pay a reasonably priced ticket our weakness lies on the economic side of our work. So much
that we were forced to stop performing for a long while as we could not afford to carry on due to lack of money to pay ourselves.
We are starting again with a play called ‘A Healthy City’ which is about the consumption of fast and unhealthy food which
has derived on a 26% of children under the age of ten suffering from obesity,
high cholesterol and blood pressure and even diabetes.
This has gone beyond the limits of a health problem becoming a social one.
We thank IPAT and all its supporters for helping us to continue our work.”
DAGGER † DRAWN