Cervantes Theatre

26th April 2019


As part of Head for Heights’ work on the Chilean play Spider Girls by Luis Barrales, we ran a four  day workshop with writers, directors, actors and anyone working in translated work at the Cervantes Theatre and King's College London.

Spider Girls is based on the true story of a group of teenage girls from the slums of Santiago who were burglars in the affluent areas of Santiago. They gained public attention and were known worldwide on national television.

Luis Barrales (1978) is regarded as being one of the most well rounded member of the artistic world, as an actor, director and playwright. He founded the CIT company: Central de Inteligencia Teatral. Spider Girls received the Art Critics Circle Award. His plays explore the themes of power, social status and provides a voice for those often unheard.

Using a translation of the play, we shared a creative methodology for training potential translators and directors of translated texts. The workshop culminated in a reading of the participants’ work and discussion afterwards.


Directed by Sue Dunderdale

Translated by Catherine Boyle

Dramaturg: Karen Morash

Produced by Annafrancesca Tonna


Michael Elcock

Pepa Duarte

Pia Laborde Noguez

Daniela Cristo Mantilla



Pictures copyright Head for Heights

This workshop was generously funded by Arts Council England, The Anglo Chilean Society and King's College London

'This workshop assembled great professionals, both actors and instructors, which created a very open and trusting environment to work in'

Workshop Member

'This workshop introduced me to the "art" of translating plays'

Workshop Member

'Head for Heights introduced me to new ways of looking at a text and has shown me a new way of directing'

Workshop Member

'There is a real sense of an international flavour of this workshop, which is amazing'

Audience Member