Carmen Barrantes is from Labayru Huesca and is an actress. He has lived in Madrid since 2005, but keeps one foot in the capital, Huesca, where he has family and where he travels frequently. He assures that this is a great time for theater and after the pandemic, we have a heightened sensitivity to the surface.
Is it easier or more complicated to make people laugh in difficult times?
People say that now you are not for dramas but for laughing without thinking, but I do not believe. Entertainment is one thing and thought is another, and I think people want to be entertained but also want to think.
Does the pandemic have anything to do with it?
George Uson and I ‘were so cool’; We screened it before and after the pandemic, and the audience had changed, and the play had changed. Now we have become more sensitive, as if we have removed a layer of skin. It was a very strong thing for everyone and we considered many things. I think the people’s base is deep, that the priorities now are not the same as before.
You also did ‘Cabaret de Carisia y Pantapi’ with Uson and they conquered Madrid. Is it difficult to get from the provinces to the capital?
There is a Madrid theater family that we didn’t know and this show opened doors for us, the whole world came to see us, the whole world. Madrid is like a magnet where we all go for artistic drive and I think doing theater there was like going through a concrete wall, which broke through and crossed with ‘cabaret’. Making theaters in Madrid is difficult for the people of the provinces and for the people of Madrid.
As the show continues, who or what will you cuddle and kick?
I’ll give a caress to the word liberty, which has been somewhat maligned. It is a very beautiful and very broad term and it cannot be usurped by any political party. And I’ll kick off this radical, polarized situation that we have. I think that you can’t talk about anything if you don’t go to one extreme or the other, that the humor is lost and everything is offensive … And this does us more harm than good. Long live the colors between black and white!
Let’s imagine that Spain is a play, what genre would it be and what role would you like to play?
… It would definitely be a scarecrow. And if it wasn’t from Valle Inclán, I’d prefer it to be a script from Berlanga or Azcona. And I would like to be someone like Maria Luisa Ponte, a comedian with character and caste.
What effect does this moment of tension, threats, crisis… have on the theatre?
There is an overflow of performances, 14 concerts in Madrid, many plays… We were the biggest losers in the pandemic because we returned last and we had many problems with capacity. The planes were full and the theaters were empty… Maybe I’m being too optimistic, but I think it’s about a good time people want to go and see the present. It is very rare that we have technological immediacy and we get bored in a moment and people spend three hours in a room without a telephone to watch a musical or a play. I think you are fed a constant fear, of not being able to pay for electricity, of not getting a job, of a missile falling on you… fear… I don’t want to live in fear.
Has your acting career lived up to your expectations?
He has mastered them. I am proud. It took me years to say I was an actress, to put it verbally…, for fear that I wasn’t on TV, that they didn’t know me. I don’t know but I feel honored and it makes me proud and happy. It seems like going on a secondary road, slow and with curves … I’m combining and now I don’t know if I passed a national route, but I could have a faster speed though I’m not in one. Hurry up. I see myself in one of the best moments of my life, I feel good too.
Does it look glamorous?
What is glamor? Glamor stars Isabel Preysler. Theater is more sacred than fashionable and it is something that entices when you enter the theatre.
What do you ask of the year 2023?
A great project and the people around me are healthy and happy.