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The Boy at the Back

By Juan Mayorga.

A psychological drama from one of Spain's most renowned contemporary writers.

When 17-year-old Claudio insinuates himself into a classmate's house and begins to write about it as homework, his literary voyeurism soon spirals out of control. Faced with this gifted and unusual pupil, class teacher German is reminded of his own abandoned literary pretensions. Despite his wife's misgivings, he encourages Claudio's artistic ambitions. However, the boy's incursion into the domestic intimacy of his subjects will have unpredictable consequences for both households.

An exploration of the voyeuristic nature of fiction, the exercise of power and the ambiguity at the heart of human relations.

Juan Mayorga's work has been translated into over twenty-five languages and performed all around the world. He has won numerous prizes including the Spanish National Theatre Award and the Valle-Inclan Prize, and is a five-time winner of a "Max" (Spanish equivalent of an Olivier Award).

Translated by David Johnston
Sound design by Steve Bond
Executive Producer: Sara Davies

An Afonica Sound Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Sun 30 Mar 2014 22:00


Role Contributor
WriterJuan Mayorga
GermanNeil Pearson
JuanaHaydn Gwynne
ClaudioWill Howard
EsterJuliet Aubrey
Rafa FatherDavid Birrell
Rafa SonMax Bowden
ProducerNicolas Jackson
DirectorNicolas Jackson

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