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The Great Theatre of the World

Written by
Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Adapted and Directed by
Fernando de Miguel Fuertes

The Great Theatre of the World

About the show

A duo of interdisciplinary artists, known as The Auteur and The World, are looking to create the ultimate piece to hold a mirror up to society. In this adaptation inspired by the Spanish Golden Age allegorical play of the same name, the pair will challenge six humans to play persisting and culture-transcending archetypes in a show that represents life.

Director’s note:
A lifelong fascination with cross-cultural communication and the interaction of individual worldviews drives Fernando’s critical approach to directing. Fernando thrives on multi-disciplinary collaboration and loves working with artists that give into the present as much as they understand the past for themselves and their audience.

Fernando de Miguel Fuertes is a theatre and filmmaker from Mexico. With a social sciences educational background and extensive performing arts training, his industry experience ranges from classical Greek dramas to video game ads. Fernando’s coaching-oriented style has equipped children and adults with the skills and confidence to succeed in cross-cultural environments for more than a decade.

Before moving to Australia as a permanent resident in 2022, Fernando developed projects in Querétaro, Mexico City, Beijing, Hangzhou and Shanghai. His career journey includes stints in policymaking; as interview prep coach; curriculum developer; event manager; drama teacher; documentary narrator; stage, film and voice actor; producer; playwright; and director. As a director Fernando has staged dozens of shows for different audiences in multiple formats, often combining genres and styles to question automatic associations and rethink the familiar.

Performance Dates

Wednesday 6 December, 8:00pm
Thursday 7 December, 8:00pm
Friday 8 December, 8:00 pm
Saturday 9 December, 1:00pm and 8:00pm

Runtime: 40min

Venue: NIDA Theatres, Reg Grundy Studio, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington NSW 2033

Pricing: NIDA is offering a Pay What You Want option for this event. We are grateful for your support, no matter the amount. Please note that this payment option is non-refundable.

IMPORTANT:  General Admission for this performance indicates standing. If you have accessibility needs or require a seat for this performance, please email

Content Notice: Haze and strobe lighting

NIDA’s Festival of Emerging Artists consists of 7 shows performed across 3 of NIDA’s venues, the Reg Grundy Studio, the Studio Theatre and The Space. It is possible (and encouraged) for patrons to attend multiple shows consecutively, whether in the same venue or across multiple venues. The shows have been scheduled accordingly to accommodate for multiple viewings, e.g. 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm shows in the evening, and 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm shows for matinees. Please ensure you do not book more than one show at the same timeslot.


In order of appearance

The Auteur
Jack Patten

The World
Owen Hasluck

The Pauper
Madeline Li

The Worker
Toby Carey

The Beauty
Lillianne Lord

The Rich Man
Robert Miniter

The Discretion
Dakotah Love

The Queen
Teodora Matović

Creative / Production Team

Fernando De Miguel Fuertes

Set and Costume Designer
Geita Goarin

Lighting Designer
Topaz Marlay-Cole

Sound Designer
Grace Sackman

Movement Choreographer
Troy Honeysett*

Taylah Miller

Production Stage Manager
Amy Norton

Stage Manager
Amelie McCarthy

Construction Manager
Lynsey Brown**

Costume Supervisor
Jaspa Frankish

Sound System Supervisor
Taylah Crouch

Head Electrician
Poppy Townsend

Production Coordinator
Matthew Phillips

Technical Assistant(s)
Bridgette Johnston
Lucas Mund
Isaac Sell

Makeup Artists
Abbey Hardwick
Freya Wilkinson

Note:  * Guest, **Staff