Lluís Coquard (Barcelona, 1922 - 2009) is a self-taught writer who has mainly worked in the domain of theatre. He made his debut in professional theatre in 1858 with the premiere in the Guimerà Theatre of Barcelona of Pulgarcito y los gigantes (Tom Thumb and the Giants) performed by the Luis Orduna Company. Some months later he premiered a play for children in the Romea Theatre: El petit dels tres tambors (The Boy with Three Drums), starring the leading actors of Catalan theatre at the time.
He has continued to write theatre for children and for other types of audience as well, his works being performed in different parts of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands. Although he has specialised in children’s theatre, in which domain he has been awarded numerous prizes, he has never stopped writing adult theatre and comedy. In recent years, he has been writing more vaudeville-style comedies, which have been a great success with the public.
Some of his works have been performed in Spanish (several translated from Catalan) and his scripts in Spanish have been broadcast by Radio Barcelona and RNE (national radio). He has also written humorous texts and scripts for comic strips in a range of children's magazines.
He was a member of AELC (Association of Catalan Language Writers).
Web page: Toni Terrades for AELC.
Translation: Julie Wark.
Photograph: Author's personal files.