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Rubén Szuchmacher: the spirit of the elusive

In a London virtual event open to the public, this Argentinean actor and director presents on December 2nd the English version of his book “The uncapturable.” His career spans 50 years, and accompanied by colleagues and guests, he will invoke the rebellious spirit of the performing arts that pervades his life and work.


Daniela Arias Baquero


Written from practical experience, this book offers a series of reflections on theatre and the ways in which its mysteries emerge in the presence of the audience, and also compiles his experience in training actors, directors, teachers and theatre programmers in Argentina.

Rubén Szuchmacher is a renowned Argentinean theatre and opera director and his extensive career in theatre academies has led him to teach at universities in Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Uruguay.

In 2016, he received the Trajectory Award from the National Theatre Institute of Argentina and his intense activity in recent years, in addition to his reflective character, has allowed him to question his way of creating the performing arts, beyond the cultural patterns that, according to him, strip them of their “deeply subversive character”.

This is how he defines his experience in orchestrating the staging and direction of the theatre, which has ranged from marginal or alternative spaces to the big stages and opera houses of Buenos Aires and other cities.

In his book “The uncapturable”, translated into English by Methuen Drama, Szuchmacher makes a reading from an Argentinean point of view, but with a global perspective that proposes a critical theatre that challenges deep-rooted beliefs.

For all these reasons, the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, in association with the Argentine Embassy in the United Kingdom and Methuen-Bloomsbury, decided to organise  “Rubén Szuchmacher, William Gregory and The uncapturable”, a virtual panel, where the director’s career, plays and other aspects of his life will be discussed.

It will then be possible to hear what it meant for Szuchmacher to put years of experience into the book, and for the publisher to translate and publish it.

The panel will therefore include William Gregory, resident translator at the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) and translator of the book.

The other guests are Jean Graham-Jones, professor at the Lucille Lortel Theater Academy of New York University, who is also an expert in Argentine performing arts; and Sinéad Rushe, Theater Director and Senior Lecturer in “Acting and Movement” at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, RCSSD

The event will be chaired by Professor Maria Delgado, also from the RCSSD.

In an open dialogue, the speakers will go through some of the most essential aspects of creation in art and discuss the role and importance of international exchange in contemporary theatre creation. The author seems to sum it all up by saying: “Staging is the resulting object that comes from the set of actions carried out to perform a function” of which the artists – technicians, administrators and spectators – are a part.

Date and time: 2 December, 6 pm. to 7.30 pm. To attend the event, please register at Eventbrite. More information: Embassy of Argentina in the United Kingdom and  Eventbrite.

(Translated by Rene Phelvin)

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