A Mano (By Hand) is a story told with clay, the story of a small character with a great desire to escape from a shop window and its inhabitants.
It is a love story, a story about small failures, a potter's wheel, a cup that breathes, two people with great enthusiasm, a tiny pottery workshop and four hands that play.
The Rioja theatre company El Patio was born from a need to share with audiences different stories from everyday life that excite them, or they care about and deeply touch them. Those stories serve them as an excuse to seek out their own language to tell them on stage.
A mano (By Hand) is their first show. It's been described as a small gift, a jewel, a delicious artisan-made play… 'a theatrical diamond like a tribute to an aging artisan in agony' in the words of journalist Jonas Sáinz.
"A small show in size, but a true jewel full of sensitivity, poetry and charm, with truly extraordinary manipulation and staging" Ferrán Baile-Portal Jovespectacle.cat. Chronicle FETEN 2013
"Moving, full of tenderness, humor, surprise, magic and sadness ... A little wonder". Jonah Sáinz. DIARY OF LA RIOJA 2012
AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL AND REFINED MASTERY IN PUPPETRY IMPULS FESTIVAL 2015 (Bucharest, Romania)
FESTIVAL KUSS 2015 (Marburg, Germany) BEST SHOW AWARD
FESTIVAL VALISE 2014 (POLAND) BEST INTERPRETATION AWARD
FIRA TITELES LLEIDA 2013: AUTONOMIES SPECIAL DRAC D'OR AWARD
FETEN 2013 AWARD: BEST SMALL FORMAT SHOW
FESTIVAL ENCINART 2012: AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHOW