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.
“Nothing’s wrong or will go wrong, this afternoon.”
The other international production following Remembering You like something I’d Forgotten that I have had the privilege to direct was the UK Premiere of Desire (Desig) by the landmark Catalan playwright Josep Maria Benet i Jornet.
I had originally come across the play as an actor in 1999, when I played the lead character of ‘She’ in the premiere of the reading of the English translation by Sharon G. Feldman at the Royal Exchange Studio, Manchester.
Fascinated by the play ever since because of its almost real-time depiction a woman descending into madness after In My Name, I felt I wanted to take on the challenge of directing the piece and so began a correspondence with Feldman and Benet i Jornet, initially to acquire the rights. Travelling to Barcelona to meet both Josep Maria Benet i Jornet and Sharon G. Feldman in the summer of 2009 was a phenomenal experience for me and I returned from the trip determined to create a production worthy of them and the play.
Finding a cast of impressive actors – Annabel Cleare, Stephen Connery Brown, Simon de Deney, and Isabelle Gregson – to portray the four characters, the UK production premiered at the White Bear Theatre, London in July 2010.