Thanks to his work ‘Justícia’ (Editorial Arola) the playwright Guillem Clua (Barcelona, 1973) has won the 2020 National Dramatic Literature Prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture and endowed with 20,000 euros. The jury chose Clua’s work “for its dramatic and poetic ambition”, for “the richness of its linguistic registers” and “the complexity of its plot, which presents a very sharp intergenerational portrait of the Barcelona bourgeoisie, from the Civil War to our days”.
“The depth of his characters, the numerous time jumps and the use of breaking the fictional pact show a mastery of meta-theater strategies that maintain the dramatic pulse, successfully solving the difficulties of the plot itself,” says the jury’s ruling that awarded the piece.
Also a film and television screenwriter, Clua is one of the contemporary authors with the greatest international projection. His works have been performed all over the world and his texts have been translated into English, German, Italian, French, Greek, Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian.
Graduated in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, he began his theatrical training at the London Guildhall University. Linked to l’Obrador de la Sala Beckett, his best known works, ‘La pell en flames’ (‘The skin on fire’), ‘Smiley’, and ‘L’oreneta’ (‘The swallow’), have traveled half world.
With his first text, ‘Invisibles’, he won the Premi de Teatre Ciutat d’Alcoi in 2002. In 2004,’ La pell en flames’ won the Alcoi Prize again and in 2005 deserved the Critics’ Prize. Its English version was released in seven cities in the United States. In 2006, Clua moved to New York, where he presented ‘Gust de cendra’ (‘The taste of ashes’). He then wrote ‘Marburg’, premiered at the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya in 2010. He has also written ‘La terra promise’ (The promised land), a farce about climate change; musicals like ‘Killer’ and ’73 reasons to leave you ‘, short pieces like’ Goliat ‘,’ L’evocatriu ‘or’ Doris Day, enemy of the poor ‘. He has adapted ‘Death in Venice’, by Thomas Mann, and classics such as’ The ‘Iliad’, and is the scriptwriter and plot director of ‘El cor de la ciutat’. More recent are works of great political influence such as the aforementioned ‘The swallow’, ‘The flavor of the ashes’, ‘The skin on fire’ and the now awarded ‘Justícia’.