January 2023


Quan ens haguem torturat prou

  • Martin Crimp
  • Directed by Magda Puyo
  • Sala Petita
  • 26/01/2023 al 19/02/2023

A dangerous game of power and domination

Martin Crimp’s play, inspired by Samuel Richardson novel Pamela, sets out the relationship between six characters of various social status and ages who perform a dangerous game of power and domination. It bursts into the contemporary debate in order to explore the messy, and often violent, nature of desire, the performative nature of male and female roles, the fluidity of gender, the contradictions between feminist ideology and sexual attraction or the mediatisation of desire through economic power.


Martin Crimp is an exceptional playwright, with a very personal vision of the world and highly sensitive towards contemporary issues of debate. He carries out an ongoing revision of dramatic forms and aims to challenge satisfied consciences and break taboos. His dramatic work is concise, blunt, ironic and uninhibited.

Many of the questions explored in the play have long occupied our minds: the boundaries of gender roles, the mediatisation of desire through economic power, sexual desire in contradiction with the feminist ideology itself, the limits of language and the power of those who dominate the narrative by keeping us within established paradigms, the impossibility of overcoming the determinism of social class itself.

In short, exhausting patriarchal-colonial capitalism and, therefore, the possibility of creating new narratives for the future of humanity.

This is an engrossing play that can irritate, move, entertain or, simply, leave the audience bewildered. But there is no doubt that people will need to talk about it when it ends, and I have always thought that this is one of the most important things that theatre can encourage

Magda Puyo


Production team

Martin Crimp
Directed by
Magda Puyo
Translated by
Víctor Muñoz and Calafell
Anna Alarcón, Alba Gallén, Cristi Garbo, Guim Oliver, Xavi Sáez, Neus Soler
  • + Information
    Scenic space and costumes
    Pep Duran
    Nina Pawlowsky

    Lihgting design
    Ganecha Gil

    Gerard Marsal

    Assistant director
    Sadurní Vergés

    David Climent

    Technical Manager
    Joan Martí
    Sergio Satanassa

    Technical and management teams of the company

    Production director
    Júlia Simó Puyo

    Production and distribution assistant
    Guillem Albasanz
    Cassandra Projectes Artístics and Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

    With the support of
    l'Institut Català de les Empreses Culturals (ICEC)

    Gasull Fotografia
    EGM Fotografia
    Sombrereria MIL
    Q-ARS Teatre