chapter  5
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Galician independent theatre

A breach in Franco’s dictatorship
WithCilha Lourenço Módia

The expression "independent theatre" directly refers to an anti-establishment movement spread throughout the Iberian Peninsula during the 1960s and 70s. The movement aimed to restore the social role of drama and also to modernise both text and stage by making use of experimental language. The publishing house Galaxia was founded in this spirit and became the means of channeling various initiatives, such as the recovery of classical Galician drama and the diffusion of original contemporary plays and translations. It acted as a bridge between the pre- and post-war generations of Galician playwrights. Training, information and intervention in both the linguistic-literary and the artistic fields were more sought after than ever. These circles encouraged the emergence of theatrical groups by offering them a legal framework and a loyal audience. The culture-politics dichotomy provoked highly productive tensions, which put the new theatrical developments in opposition to the state-run theatre. The culture-politics dichotomy led to a hugely productive internal tension.