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Peter Searles, Renowned British Actor/Writer Comes to San Miguel

By Henrietta Weekes

HEY GRINGO

Over the years, Peter Searles has gained a reputation as one of England’s foremost storytellers. He has toured his internationally acclaimed solo shows all over the world, and this is his first foray into performing in Mexico. He plans to host story-telling workshops, of which he is a master, in San Miguel de Allende and Mexico City.

Hey Gringo! is the story of how he bought a ticket, jumped on a plane, and set off. No “Rough Guide” in the world could have prepared him for the consequences.

With no props, save his malleable face, Searles transforms the bare stage into a wild and unexplored landscape. From the palm-fringed lagoons of the Caribbean, he takes us on a roller coaster ride up and over the Andes, down unknown tributaries of the Amazon, through crumbling cities, numerous bars, and into the depths of the most brutal prisons in the world.

A catalog unfolds of close scrapes and surprise encounters—drug-smugglers, Dutch airline hostesses, Carmelite monks, Maoist guerrillas, Mancunian ornithologists, Amazonian Indians, and a French shaman, not to mention crocodiles, jaguars, and giant shit-eating centipedes.

“Walking, talking travelogues are a great British tradition, be it Michael Palin on television or David Hare on stage. Peter Searles’ tale of his Latin American exploits is no exception … Like Indiana Jones on speed, he borders on slapstick as he dances with drunken Indians or demonstrates in Spanish how to catch and cook a Tarantula …”—The Stage, UK.

The first performance is at Santa Ana Theater at La Biblioteca, February 1, 2, and 3 at 7pm, and February 4 at 3pm. 250 pesos. Produced by Henrietta Weekes of Ophidia Productions.

For more details see petersearles.com

 

Theater

Hey Gringo!

Thu–Sat, Feb 1–3, 7pm

Sun, Feb 4, 3pm

Teatro Santa Ana

Reloj 25A

250 pesos

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