“I assume ya’ll are interested in history… if not, I’ll try and give you as a brief history of Puerto Rico as I can muster….”
LONDON – Victoria is from Puerto Rico and has moved to London in pursuit of a better life. When the island is ravaged by Hurricane María, she looks back at what it is to be from a place forever changed by violent forces. Hurricane Diaries is a one-woman shows that shares personal accounts of life in Puerto Rico, history lessons spanning the island’s 500 years of colonial relationships and soundscapes recorded live on the island.
Hurricane Diaries re-tells history from a Latin American perspective, sharing stories that are rarely told in the UK. Exploring themes of colonisation, nostalgia and cultural identity, it picks apart inequalities on the island from subservience to Spain and the US to macho attitudes towards women.
Following a work in progress performance at the female-led Accalia Arts Festival, Hurricane Diaries will have a three week run at Blue Elephant Theatre, Camberwell, in October. Part history lesson, part memoir, Hurricane Diaries is a vibrant and captivating new play, inspired by a sense of ‘home’ and the changing relationship an immigrant has with their homeland.
Hurricane Diaries is written and performed by Amanda Vilanova, a Puerto Rican actress and published writer/translator who has lived in the United Kingdom for three years. She and Sound Designer and Director Oliver Hamilton have been working on this, their debut theatre collaboration, for two years. They researched Vilanova’s family history and Puerto Rico’s past extensively and travelled to Puerto Rico to record the soundscape for the show, to evoke the atmosphere of the island for audiences.
Hurricane Diaries plays from 2nd to 19th October 2019 at the Blue Elephant Theatre. Tickets available here