Backwell Festival


Backwell Festival and JOE in association with International Performing Rights are proud to present the staged reading of selected scenes from the political satire, AGAINST, by Catalan playwright Esteve Soler.

Translated by Hillary Gardner, this very timely political piece is produced for us by the very wonderful actor/director Jack Tarlton, who has brought superbly entertaining readings by professional actors to our Literature Tent since 2015. This year will be equally brilliant! Don’t miss it!

AGAINST Programme 


Kirsten Foster

Nathan Amzi

Julia Barrie

Lewis Hart

James Minas – Composer and Sound Designer


A gigantic apple appears in a suburban dining room. A woman literally falls apart. A husband and wife are too tied up to welcome their monstrous offspring.

Catalan playwright Esteve Soler’s Indignation Trilogy (Against Progress, Against Love and Against Democracy) has been celebrated around the world for its audacious mix of comedy, horror and satire. With a bizarre totalitarian state constantly creeping in from off-­‐stage the piece felt eerily resonant when the trilogy was completed in 2010. Now, with the suppression and turmoil surrounding the Catalan independence movement coupled with extreme events across the globe, our world seems to have spun even closer to its biting and surreal imaginings.

Jack Tarlton, former Joint Artistic Director of Presence Theatre (The Returnings, Now That’s What I Call Music and The Frugal Horn) has remixed the trilogy into piece of nightmarishly funny theatre. Come and join the future.

“Amazing … dark and abysmal … brilliant and strange.” Bieler Tagblatt

“Powerful work, crazy and political … as entertaining as it is forceful.” Le Figaro

Running time: 50 minutes

Big Thanks to:

Polly Tarlton for the Apple Carving  xx

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte for the photograph of the Apple Carving  xx