“How we got here” returns to Teatro del Barrio from September 8

Nerea Pérez de las Heras and Olga Iglesias they will represent How did we get here at the Neighborhood Theatre. This theatrical show parodies the famous talk shows, showing that what is considered personal is also political. You can enjoy from september 8 in the well-known theater space in Madrid.

‘How did we get here’ at Teatro del Barrio

After a season filling the room several times a month, he will be How did we get here in Neighborhood Theaterone of the most recent productions in the theatrical spacewhich returns to its billboard from September 8.

Nerea Pérez de las Heras and Olga Iglesias star in this talk show parody directed by Andrea Jiménez. The three, in addition, jointly sign the dramaturgy, which has been the result of a research process with different phases and the experience of all of them. A) Yes, How did we get here is a title that oscillates between autofiction, political pamphlet, social analysis and classic mythological hero’s journey. It contains universal challenges and emotions, only that, here, the hero is a dyke from Plasencia obsessed with his mother, who has turned forty (or more) mired in precariousness.

How we got here at Teatro del Barrio
Photo of “How we got here” (Teatro del Barrio)

The germ of an idea

“I had been writing and analyzing some parts of my life for some time. Thinking of writing a book, perhaps. But he never quite found the tone and the how. Nerea, who is a friend of mine and already had her play “Feminism for Dummies” on the poster, suggested that I do theater. Andrea was delighted to join, and it has been a great idea, because something of the body was at stake in the story”has explained Olga Iglesias to Mongolia Magazine on the origin of the project.

Olga, who until now had worked as a pollster, waitress, typist, production assistant, book reader for publishers, disco public relations, social media management, ghostwriter, congratulatory agent for Telefelicita and, from time to time, a screenwriter, debuts as an actress in this production. “As a screenwriter I thought that the interpreters were narcissistic and unbalanced people. But I think that thinking that was envy and fear, because to act you have to be in contact with your emotions and your body, and I didn’t handle those things well. Thanks to this experience, a world of possibilities has opened up for me, both in creation and in personal life”Explain.

Nerea Perez de las Herasjournalist and writer who has been making political humor in public for years, exercises, in How did we get hereas a presenter, as a counselor, as a social justice official and as a friend. She embodies all the internal and external forces that have intervened in Olga’s life: the power structures that surpass her, the normality of which she is not a part, the idea of ​​success placed on her horizon by other people, the canon under which she has lived and those who have raised her.

The critique of power

Thus, from laughter, the work criticizes the system of power that, subtly, governs us and intervenes in our lives and personal decisions. Because the personal is political. “The power structures had Olga tied up and she couldn’t say things clearly”Nerea explained to the Doppler Effect program on Radio 3. “The work is, above all, the story of two friends. But it appeals from the community to confront what oppresses you”Explain. “Leave individualism, embrace and connect with other people and fight together against hierarchical logic: economic competitiveness, normative femininity, normalized mistreatment at work…”. Everything from Olga’s personal account, but “recognizing and identifying with him. People who come to see the play realize that if Olga has changed, she can change too. That feeling operates in space. Art tells you that social transformation is possible. That your story is possible”.

Olga and Nerea, two friends. One wants to recount her life, revel in her confusion and her failure; another wants to elevate it to the quality of myth, of shared narrative, of politics. Along the way they are pleased that everyone stops to listen to them. One fucking time.



“How we got here” returns to Teatro del Barrio from September 8