Author of Against Love, Esteve Soler at IAB

The IAB was privileged to have Esteve Soler visit the IAB last week to see how the rehearsals for his play, Against Love, were going. The BA (Hons) Acting students, in their 3rd year of training will be performing the play at Sala Tantarantana, Atic 22 from the 15th to the 17th December 2016. As well as acting, they will also try their hand at producing. The students are finding this challenging yet rewarding and extremely useful for a future career in the theatre business.

Esteve Soler is a Catalan playwright who trained at Barcelona’s Institut del Teatre and at the Sala Beckett, where he teaches playwriting. Since 2008, the trilogy formed by his works Against Progress, Against Love and Against Democracy are available in 17 languages (Catalan, English, French, German, Spanish, Greek, Italian, Danish, Rumanian, Czech, Hungarian, Russian, Croatian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Swedish and Finnish), while more than 70 directors have offered their own interpretations of the works in countries such as England, Germany, the United States, France, Romania, Switzerland, Austria, Greece, Venezuela, Chile… He has formed part of the official sections of the Theatertreffen and Literaturfestival festivals, both held in Berlin, and of the French festival La Mousson d’Été (twice). Some of his other works have premiered at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya and the Teatre Lliure. Against Democracy was awarded the Serra d’Or prize to the best play of the year and Against progress won the French Godot prize to the best play of the year.

Mark Lethem