November 27, 2020

Guillem Clua wins the National Dramatic Literature Prize for ‘Justice’


An image of the playwright Guillem Clua.

An image of the playwright Guillem Clua.
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The jury of National Prize for Dramatic Literature has proposed to Guillem Clua to be awarded the National Dramatic Literature Prize, corresponding to 2020, for his work ‘Justice‘(Editorial Arola). The award, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is endowed with 20,000 euros.

The jury has chosen this work “for its dramatic and poetic ambition, for the richness of the linguistic registers used, as well as for the complexity of its plot, which presents a very sharp intergenerational portrait of the Barcelona bourgeoisie, from the Civil war to the present day”.

“The depth of his characters, the numerous time jumps and the use of breaking the fictional pact show a mastery of metatheatrical strategies that maintain the dramatic pulse, successfully solving the difficulties of the plot itself”, added the jury

Clua is Degree in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and began his theatrical training at the London Guildhall University. It is linked to l’Obrador of the Beckett Room. He is one of the contemporary authors with the greatest international projection.

His best-known works such as ‘La pell en flames’, ‘Smiley i L’oreneta’, have been translated into many languages ​​and have been performed all over the world.

With his first text, ‘Invisibles’, he obtained the Premi de Teatre Ciutat d’Alcoi 2002, and in 2004,’ La pell en flames’ obtained the Alcoi Prize for the second time and the Critics’ Prize for the best Text of 2005. La English version premieres in seven US cities.

In 2006, he moved to New York, where he presented ‘Gust de cendra’. Then he wrote ‘Marburg’, which premiered at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in 2010.

He has also written ‘La terra promet’, a farce about climate change; a musical, ‘Killer; short pieces such as ‘Goliat’, ‘L’evocatriu’ or ‘Doris Day, enemy of the poor’, has made the adaptation of ‘Death in Venice’ by Thomas Mann and is a screenwriter and director plot of ‘El cor de la ciutat’.

More recently he has written works with great political influence such as ‘La Golondrina’, ‘The taste of the ashes’, ‘The skin on fire’ and ‘Justícia’. His texts have been translated into English, German, Italian, French, Greek, Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian.

He has also written great epic dramas like “Invasion”; political farces such as ‘Al damunt dels nostres cants’, ‘La terra promise’; musicals like ’73 raons per deixar-te ‘; and adaptations of classics like the ‘Iliad’. He also has extensive experience as a scriptwriter for movie theater and television.

The jury has been chaired by Maria Jose Galvez Salvador, general director of the Book and Promotion of Reading and acting as vice president, Begoña Cerro Prada, deputy director of the Promotion of Spanish Books, Reading and Literature.

It has also been made up of: Carlos García Gual, from the Royal Spanish Academy; Olivia Rodríguez González, for the Real Academia Gallega / Real Academia Galega; Mikel Etxarri Martínez, for the Royal Academy of the Basque Language / Euskaltzaindia; Joan Mas Vives, for the Institute of Catalan Studies / Institut d’Estudis Catalans; María Magdalena de Pazzi Cueto Pérez, for the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE); Ana Isabel Fernández Valbuena, for the Association of Theater Authors (ATT); José Vicente Peiró Barco, for the Spanish Association of Literary Critics; Mónica Tourón Torrado, for the Federation of Associations of Journalists of Spain (FAPE); Salvatore Bartolotta, from the UNED Center for Gender Studies; Ignacio Eduardo Martínez de Pisón Cavero, for the Ministry of Culture and Sports and Alberto Conejero López, award-winning author in the 2019 call.

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