The Bergerac Syndrome (El síndrome de Bergerac)

A heroic adventure. A tremendous outpouring of talent and energy.

“I was an average girl no different from the others. I went to school, I argued with my parents, I loved my friends unconditionally and, occasionally, I would fall in love with someone I should not have, just like everyone else. There was nothing novelistic about me, definitely nothing special enough to deserve to be written about….”

Velia is a teenager who feels overwhelmed by having to make decisions that inevitably push her into adulthood. But Velia is not alone because her friends are going through similar experiences.

Their literature teacher’s proposal to stage a theatrical adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac will mark a turning point in the lives of Velia and the rest of the group. Cyrano pretended to be brave, but was actually heartbroken and extremely self-conscious. He was very concerned about what others thought of him. The guys, just like Cyrano, all have some degree of self-image related issues. And so, through this character, they will explore the depths of adolescent psychology.

During the rehearsal and staging process of the play, the nine teenagers will face challenging obstacles, all of which will have to be overcome as a team. Together, they will live adventures, have many laughs, overcome their deepest fears, discover their extraordinary talents, experience betrayals, complicated relationships, first kisses, and they will learn a tremendous amount about life.


RELEVANT DATA: Winner of the Edebé Young Adult Literature Award 2021, the most prestigious award for Spanish language literature in this category. Pablo Gutiérrez has been internationally acclaimed and has been selected by the British magazine Granta as one of the best young storytellers in Spanish. He has also been awarded numerous distinctions such as the Ojo Crítico Award, given by Spanish National Radio, the Tormenta Award for best new author, and was among the finalists for the Ribera del Duero Short Fiction Award and the Miguel Romero Esteo Theater Award.

Bergerac Syndrome (El síndrome de Bergerac) is inspired by the initiative that the author had with his own students when, before the pandemic, they wanted to represent Cyrano de Bergerac.


What the critics have said:

“Theater is the most cooperative work there is and it cultivates not just values, but real values, like going to a shabby place to rehearse because there is little time left for the premiere and they haven´t memorized their lines.” – Pablo Gutiérrez from Canal Sur.

“With Bergerac Syndrome (El síndrome de Bergerac) the author has not only won the Edebé Award, but has also paid tribute to his students.” – Amazon


AUDIOVISUAL POTENTIAL: TV Series, Miniseries, Film, TV Movie.

LANGUAGES AVAILABLE: Spanish, Galician, Catalan, Basque. Braille edition also available.

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