Karl Marx, Año Zero, is Benjamín Galemiri’s latest play. In it, Galemiri brings Marx into the present day, into the Chilean elections.
The question is: can Karl Marx save Chile? Pushed by Engels and by his daughter Eleonora, he agrees to stand as a candidate to the presidency of Chile. He takes this on, knowing he will fail, but ‘with a spirit of comic resentment’. It is an irreverent and at times grotesquely funny take on history, on the greatness and human flaws of Marx, on the calibre and interests of politicians.
Benjamín Galemiri (1957) is regarded as one of the most innovative and daring dramatists of the Chilean theatre that in the years of the late Pinochet dictatorship and the transition to democracy. He started writing for theatre in the seventies, but came to prominence from the early 1990s on, and he has written more than twenty plays, many of them prize-winning. His plays constantly turn on themes power, the impact of the possession of power on the individual, the twisted sexuality so often wrought from unequal power relationships. His works reshape theatre forms through a scenic poetics that often feels delirious in the voices of characters that are both exaggerated and very human in their flaws.
Directed by Sue Dunderdale
Ttranslated by Catherine Boyle
Karl Marx: Lennox Greaves
Jenny Marx: Sylvestra Le Touzel
Engels/Proudhon: Adetomiwa Edun
Helen/Eleanor: Amy Mc Allister
Narrator: Robert Mountford
Produced by Annafrancesca Tonna
Dramaturg: Karen Morash
In 2006, Head for Heights presented the first reading of the work of Benjamín Galemiri in English, with Infamante Electra, a contemporary retelling of the myth, and a play that was directed in Chile by the Raúl Ruiz (1941-2011).
Benjamin is funded by the Chilean Ministry of Culture to come to the UK to work with us. Kings College London and the British Council have also funded this rehearsed reading.
KARL MARX, YEAR ZERO
Bush House, 26th January 2018
Karl Marx, Year Zero. Santiago, Dec 2017. Dir by Heidrun Breier