Out of the Wings Festival

Impact: Cultural Impacts

Description of impact

Introduction of new theatre in the languages of the global Iberian world, through translation, performance and publication.

Who is affected

Researchers, translators, general public, theatre practitioners, theatre professionals.


Out of the Wings was co-founded in 2008 by Catherine Boyle, David Johnstone and Jonathan Thacker, following their work with the Royal Shakespeare Company on their acclaimed Spanish Golden Age season (2004). The first years of the project resulted in new translations, readings and performances, a wealth of research, a conference and other public events. It also produced a searchable database of English translations of plays from throughout the Spanish-speaking world, still available at the project website outofthewings.org.

In 2015, Out of the Wings was relaunched as a monthly meeting where translators and other theatre practitioners meet to read a new English translation of a play. These sessions are free to attend and anyone with an interest in theatre and international collaboration is welcome.

Since 2016 we have hosted an annual festival of play readings, workshops and discussions, showcasing plays in translation from throughout the Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking worlds, ranging from 90-year-old classics to the best of contemporary writing.
Impact statusIn preparation
Impact date11 Jul 2023
Category of impactCultural Impacts
Impact levelBenefit


  • theatre
  • translation
  • performance