Spanish and Vietnamese actors on Nov. 5 performed together in the play Take My Eyes at the Hanoi Opera House.

The play was performed by Spanish actress Gabriela Flores and Vietnam Drama Theatre actors including Mai Huong, Lam Tung, Minh Hieu and Thu Theu. The stage was designed by painter Paco Azorin.

Director Carme Portaceli transformed the piece from director Iciar Bollain’s film, and she also wrote the script, together with Alicia Luna. The film was released for the first time in Spain in 2003, and saw both audience and critical success. The film won seven Spanish Goya awards, including best film and best direction, and was also selected in the International Film festival of Donostia-San Sebastian, where it won awards for best actress and actor.

Take My Eyes tells the story of a couple’s rocky relationship, and of domestic violence between them. It is a love story, a fearfull story and a story of control and power. It tells us about the relationship between Pilar and Antonio, but also about the people around them: a mother that doesn’t want to see the truth, a sister that tries to help but doesn’t know how, the friends that support her and a society that pretends to be blind to the problems.

With its aims to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence, the piece suggests alternatives for preventing and exceeding gender inequality through self-consciousness and women’s empowerment.

The director considered the project a challenge that gave her a chance to bring to a different country and different culture “such an important issue all over the world”.

It will be a unique staging, open to everybody, as there will be subtitles in Vietnamese, Spanish and English. It will be an opportunity to see the things that have been hidden away from sight, to see these kept secrets.

The play will be performed on Nov. 8 and 9.

The Spanish Ministry of Culture, the International Scenic Factory (Factoria Escenica International), the Spanish Institute for Stage, Arts and Music, the Spanish Embassy in Vietnam , the Dramatic National Theatre of Vietnam and the Vietnamese Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism will cooperate to hold the performances./.