Casting announced for A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…) by Pablo Manzi

Published on Tue 2 Nov 2021

Eduardo Arcelus, Joseph Balderrama, Pepa Duarte, Pía Laborde-Noguez, Jimena Larraguivel and Sebastian Orozco have been cast in the world premiere of A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…) written by Pablo Manzi, translated by William Gregory and directed by Royal Court Associate Director (International) Sam Pritchard.

With set design by Rosie Elnile, lighting design by Elliot Griggs, Sound Design by Ben Grant, Movement Direction by Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and the Assistant Director is Mariana Aristizábal Pardo.

A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…) by Pablo Manzi will run in the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Upstairs from Thursday 9 December 2021 – Saturday 22 January 2022 with press night on Tuesday 14 December 2021, 7pm.


“He said, ‘The day will come when they don’t cut our heads off in front of people.’ And I asked him, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because we’ll cut them off ourselves.’”

A lecturer in Chile.

A study group in the USA.

A guard in the desert.

A hangman in Mexico.

A woman who won’t stop dancing in Peru.


Pablo Manzi’s darkly comic odyssey across the Americas explores whether violence brings us closer together and what it takes to make a community.

Developed on a residency at the Royal Court,  A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…)  marks the English language debut of one of Chile’s most significant new voices.


The development of A Fight Against… (Una Lucha Contra…) was supported by the British Council. Teatro a Mil Foundation is a project partner.


There will be a post-show talk with Pablo Manzi on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

The play will be performed in English. On Friday 21 January 2022, 7.45pm the performance will have Spanish surtitles.


For the full press release, click here.