When truth is stranger than fiction the latter tends to satirize the former. And when a play intended to denounce an unbeatable and muddy reality as the rampant corruption that took over among the political class in Spain long time ago as, for example, the Gürtel case recently revealed to the public opinion, farce is the best way… and the more acidic the better.
With a simplistic and minimalist approach and scenery, and a handful of actors who appear successively in one single stage (initially an office in a political party’s headquarters which is transformed, depending on the situation, into a lobby, a hall or a golf camp, for example) Corruptia tells the story of President Frank, number two and young talent in the regional branch of a national political party that governs the indeterminate and so called “Region of the East”, and who ends up being turned into the scapegoats by his own peers when a huge corruption scandal in which all them are involved is unraveled.
The play uses video projections, flashbacks, speeches, alleged telephone conversations and video conferences, debates in parliament, songs with their own soundtrack, always alternating between the use of Catalan and Spanish depending on the situation in a continuous parade of characters in crescendo that goes steadily and in a fast pace until reaching a suggestive and attractive ending.
Played by the actors of L’Enjòlit; Elies Barbera, Albert Alemany, Jenny Beacraft, Marin and Marta Arnau Montiel, and directed by Carles Fernández Giua, it doubtless respects the spirit the theater group claims on their website, where they emphasizes their intention to address social issues in key of acid humor with this sentence: “we will put salt on the wound, and we will bite if necessary”.
In this work, of course, any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental, but seeing it is not so hard to imagine where its author, the journalist Josep Lluís Fitó, got the inspiration from. Specially (and sadly too) if you are Spanish, and even more if you inhabit any of those “regions of the east” (as Valencia) where the PP traditionally governed, and where corruption cases, as the Gürtel among many others, recently abounded. Is it? Just take a look then at the main character, the so called Frank, to see how similar his life and his situation is to the infamous Barcenas, the scapegoat of the PP in real life regarding the Gürtel. Is it yet? Then we just have to see how others did not apparently see just coincidences on this play, especially if we take a look into the long history of refusals he got when he tried to represent it in the Valencian town of Xativa, for example (on the east of Spain), governed by the PP and from which Fitó himself comes from.