In Peru there is a woman who won’t stop dancing; in Mexico, a hangman holds his rope, and in Chile there is a university teacher. These and other characters from across the Americas are brought together on stage in Pablo Manzi’s play, which considers the nature of violence and what we mean by community. Written on attachment to the Royal Court the play brings the work of the Chilean playwright to a UK audience for the first time.
“He said, ‘The day will come when they don’t cut our heads off in front of people.’ And I asked him, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because we’ll cut them off ourselves.’” A lecturer in Chile. A study group in the USA. A guard in the desert. A hangman in Mexico. A woman who won’t stop dancing in Peru. Pablo Manzi’s darkly comic odyssey across the Americas explores whether violence brings us closer together and what it takes to make a community. Developed on a residency at the Royal Court, A Fight Against…marks the English language debut of one of Chile’s most significant new voices. Royal Court Associate (International) Sam Pritchard directs. The development of A Fight Against… was supported by the British Council. Teatro a Mil Foundation is a project partner.