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Jordi Palet i Puig, 21st ASSITEJ Spain Award for Theatre for Children and Young People

On Monday 23rd November, the 21st ASSITEJ Spain Prize for Theatre for Children and Young People was awarded to the Catalan playwright Jordi Palet i Puig, for his text De azúcar.

“A woman who goes to school every afternoon to look for her grandson. A child who spends every afternoon with his grandmother. A grandfather who is no longer there, but who is looking for a way to keep his memory alive…”; De azúcar tells us about mourning and the power of memory to retain those we love, but who have already left.

Jordi Palet i Puig (Ullastrell, 1973) is a stage director and playwright. He is a member of the company Farrés Brothers y Cía, and his theatre focuses on the language of puppets and objects. He has premiered more than 20 shows, among which we must highlight the playwright’s work Zapatos nuevos, by Tian Gombau/L’Home Dibuixat, which won the Max 2020 Award for Best Children’s Show. Since 2012 he has been teaching visual and object theatre at Institut del Teatre de Barcelona.

Of the text that won the ASSITEJ Prize, the jury, made up of Javier Hernando Herráez, Lorenzo Soto, Rosa Díaz, Nani de Julián and Gonzalo Moreno, highlighted his clear and close writing, his sensitivity, as well as his capacity for evocation. The play will be published as part of the ASSITEJ Spain Theatre Collection.