Desire

by Josep Maria Benet i Jornet, translated by Sharon G. Feldman

On a deserted road, a woman sees a man. In her confrontation with him, she unearths her own dark motives and uncovers unspoken desires.

Exploring the nature of desire and the possibilities of self-knowledge, Desire won the Catalan Literature National Prize when it was first performed in Barcelona in 1991.

Cast

Annabel Cleare | Stephen Connery Brown | Simon de Deney | Isabelle Gregson.

Creative Team

Director: Julia Stubbs | Designer: Mike Lees | Lighting: Rei Kurosaki | Sound: Damian Reynolds | Photographer: Timothy Hughes.

Produced by 20 South Street.

Performance dates

13-31 July 2010 at the White Bear Theatre, London

Josep Maria Benet i Jornet is a theatre and television dramatist and scriptwriter. Born in Barcelona, he is the author of more than 40 works for the stage and has been a leading contributor to the striking revitalisation of Catalan theatre in the post-Franco era. Desire (Desig in Catalan) is considered by many to be one of his seminal pieces of work.

Sharon G. Feldman has translated a number of plays by prominent Catalan writers including Sergi Belbel, Pau Miró, Carles Batlle and Josep Maria Benet i Jornet.

“20 South Street deserve praise for bringing the work of award-winning Catalan writer Josep M. Benet i Jornet to a wider audience… each of the unnamed characters in the four-piece cast, from the couple hiding their true urges (Annabel Cleare and Simon de Deney) to Stephen Connery-Brown’s creepy, cold-loving roadside lurker and Isabelle Gregson’s over-sharing femme fatale, are consistently intriguing and well-executed.” Remotegoat

“There is much to admire in Jornet’s deep analysis of the fundamental questions and problems implicit within relationships. The feeling of a lurking unseen terror is superbly impressed on the audience, heightened by the well-illustrated themes and the use of ticking, ringing, and scratching that provide the soundtrack to the mounting frustrations and sense of panic.” Spoonfed

“Stubbs’ production of Desire manages to effectively capture a mysterious sense of confusion as Cleare frustratingly searches to unravel her own desire… Gregson and Connery-Brown fit the enigmatic couple with just the right balance of apparent innocence and cryptic statements… Lees’ design for the set in the black box theatre is roughly a road, with three white dashes running, slanted along the middle… Gregson’s openness appropriately conforms to this barren roadside, and it also echoes the stark sense of Cleare being inwardly lost.” Extra! Extra!