What I Know
(about what my Grandfather didn't know)
2019
What I Know (about what my Grandfather d

Photography by Chantal Guevara

Previous shows

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh (2019)

 

Amsterdam International Storytelling Festival, Amsterdam (2018)

Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh (2018)

Village Storytelling Festival, Glasgow (2017)

Commissioned Artist

Barcelona, 1939. Defeated after the end of the Spanish Civil War, Paco starts his journey as a refugee, leaving his family behind. Barcelona, 2011. Sonia’s involvement in the Occupy Movement creates tension with her family, who still haven’t healed from the exile of a mysterious Great Grandfather, Paco. What I Know (about what my Grandfather didn’t know) explores the journey of these two characters connected by intergenerational trauma. 

 

In this exploration of intertwined personal narratives, micro cinema, puppetry and physical theatre interact with storytelling to create images of faded memories and fantasies which fill the gaps of history. Through the use of evocative images and visual theatre, this moving story about grief and healing becomes a celebration of late youth and it reminds us of the importance of being the narrators of our own story.

" Gardes’ unearthing of her personal history comes at a crucial point in history"

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Feedback from the audience

"It was so well played, fascinating, poignant and tender, I loved it"

Gavin Glover, puppeteer

 

"I was absolutely touched by everything I saw"

Member of the audience

"Wonderfully moving"

Member of the audience

With the support of

Freda O'Byrne

Gavin Glover

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Script and performance

Sònia Gardés

Artistic Direction

Freda O'Byrne

Theatre Design and Making

Sònia Gardés

Light Design

Euan Jackson