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Devoted & Disgruntled 12: What Shall We Do About Theatre and the Performing Arts Now?

Mexican Artists

Amy Draper - 14 January 2017

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This was a very niche session in that I'm making a piece of theatre about corruption in Mexico and am on the hunt for Mexican voices to join that conversation. Therefore I was keen to know whether anyone was or knew of any Mexican artists.

The answer at first seemed to be no and the circle was a little lonely but then a few generous people came over and passed on some names. I shared that we'd had trouble finding Mexican actors based in the UK to take part in a previous R&D. I'm still not that hopeful that we'll be able to cast entirely Mexican performers, but I'm sure that we can bring more Mexican voices into the rehearsal room.

Any leads let me know! amy@amydraper.co.uk

As a slightly separate conversation, I had been interested in the resistance of Mexican students we'd previously worked with towards casting Latin American or Spanish performers. At that stage we had realised that finding Mexican actors who were available etc would be tricky and so considered widening the net in order to have native Spanish speakers involved. They considered that this would have been insulting ie “oh he's Peruvian, he'll do” and not respectful of the differences in the cultures. So we ended up with 1 Mexican actress and the rest British. Is that better?! It also called to mind the time that I directed a stage adaptation of a comic book set in Japan. We cast East Asian actors in all the roles but a small part of me still questions why it is not considered ignorant to cast someone, say, Chinese as a Japanese character, conscious casting aside.
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