Cuba Now: Abel González Melo

We’re delighted to welcome leading contemporary Cuban playwright Abel González Melo to HOME.

Born in Havana in 1980, Melo is one of the most internationally known playwrights of contemporary Cuba. He writes about the underbelly of Cuban society, about its harsh realities and relationships. His first success came with the play Chamaco (Kiddo), staged at the Teatro Nacional de Cuba in 2006. Chamaco went on to win multiple awards and has been translated into many languages, produced across the world, and made into a film. His later plays Talco and Mecánica have also been performed internationally to great acclaim.

Alongside the UK Premiere of Chamaco we also present a newly commissioned piece, Weathered which together span ten years of the struggles and hopes of Cuban society.

Previously in this season


Join us for a staged reading of Abel González Melo's latest play. Weathered illuminates the reality of a broken Cuba, a country divided between the…

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Chamaco (Kiddo)

Christmas Eve in Havana. A knife fight over a few pesos leads to a young man’s death, as a worn-out sister waits for her brother…

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Chamaco Post-show discussion

After the performance on Thu 21 April, there will be a post-show discussion with playwright Abel Gonzáles Melo, director Walter Meierjohann and writer, director, translator and…

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