Review: Irish Coffee, Calder Bookshop & Theatre

Irish Coffee marks the 100th anniversary of Eva Perón’s birth with a fascinating look at her legacy at the Calder Bookshop & Theatre

“This is where they’re keeping the body of Comrade Evita”

Evita tells us that there’s ‘never been a lady loved as much as Eva Perón’ and her totemic status in Argentine life was secured in no small part to her untimely death at just 33. But surely not even she could have predicted, or dared dream of, the place she maintained in the public imagination, a mythology perpetuated by new military leadership that tried to outlaw the Perón name and who disappeared her embalmed corpse.  

Eva Halac’s play Irish Coffee, presented here in a translation from the Spanish by Luis Gayol and Daniel Kelly, places itself in the height of that febrile time, as two journalists decide to try and make their name by tracking down Eva’s body. And tapping into that complex history, she uses the real-life figures of Rodolfo Walsh and Tomás Eloy Martínez as her protagonists, emphasising a volatile mixture of fact and fiction and probing at the very notion of truth. Continue reading “Review: Irish Coffee, Calder Bookshop & Theatre”