The Company Will Overlook a Moment of Madness
- Yasmin Sulaiman
- 26 January 2011
Adaptation of Rodolfo Santana's breakthrough play
This Spring’s A Play, A Pie and A Pint season features a cross-city collaboration between Glasgow’s Oran Mor and the National Theatre of Scotland’s Reveal season at the Traverse in Edinburgh. Featuring five new adaptations of Latin American plays, it kicks off with Meyer-Whitworth Award-winner Morna Pearson’s version of The Company Will Overlook a Moment of Madness by celebrated Venezuelan dramatist Rodolfo Santana.
Santana’s breakthrough play focuses on a loyal Caracas factory worker who undergoes psychological treatment following a violent incident at his workplace. And although it’s distinctly set in the political climate of 1970s Venezuela, Elgin-born Pearson sees strong parallels with today’s economic situation in the UK. ‘It reminded me of when the recession started and some companies asked employees to reduce their hours or take a pay cut,’ she says. ‘It wasn’t a very nice choice. It made me consider at what point companies are taking advantage and how things can possibly go back to normal afterwards.’
A self-confessed worrier, Pearson has been working with a literal translation of the drama by University of Glasgow Professor Mike Gonzalez (who translated all the plays in this Play, Pie, Pint programme) and admits to feeling ‘overwhelming pressure’ towards the project, her first adaptation. But, in typically modest fashion, she seems pleased with the results: ‘Because it’s an adaptation, most of the hard work has already been done. I’m not a very academic person so I just did what I could with my instincts and I think I’m happy with it.’
Oran Mor, Glasgow, Mon 7–Sat 12 Feb; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Tue 15–Sat 19 Feb