In a school playground in the Basque Country, seven people are playing. They do not know each other but they are there in that place… for some reason.  This is the start of a show that speaks of what we never talk about: the Basque tale, which is not one, but many tales, and the fear to reveal our political condition within a region in which blood still hangs heavy.   

Co-existence in our land has always been complex. The years of terror caused much and extremely diverse pain. Today, it is time to look ahead, towards the future. It is time to reflect and be self-critical. However, above all, it is time to find ourselves. This is THE PLAYGROUND: a space where people with diverse ideologies co-exist. It is an exercise of empathy, a chant for freedom and human rights. It is a theatre show that seeks to heal wounds by looking at the other in the eyes.

Project selected within the framework of the “New Dramaturgies – Antzerkigintza berriak” initiative, backed by the Arriaga Theatre in Bilbao, el Principal Theatre in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre in San Sebastian.

The team

Director and Playwright: María Goiricelaya
Version in Basque: Patxo Tellería
Assistant Director: Ane Pikaza
Cast: Nagore González,  Josune Vélez de Mendizábal, Martxelo Rubio, Jontxu Martínez, Aizpea Goenaga, Haizea Baiges
Lighting Design: David Alkorta
Visuals and photography: GHEADA Studio
Music and Sound Space: Adrián García de los Ojos
Production: Pez Limbo, Arriaga Theatre, Principal Theatre and Victoria Eugenia Theatre


26 – 7:30 pm. In Basque

27 – 7:30 h. In Spanish



Friends of the Arriaga: 25% Discount
Groups, young people, over 65s, the unemployed, large families and people with disabilities in excess of 33%: 20% Discount
Theatre Professionals: 20% Discount
Last minute discount (for the previous groups, except Friends of the Arriaga): 50%
Last minute discount for Young Friend of the Arriaga: 70%
Disabled persons in a wheelchair: 50% Discount (in the proscenium box and with a companion)


80 minutes