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The House of Bernarda Alba
The National Theatre of Scotland presented a major new version of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. Set in contemporary Scotland, Rona Munro’s bristling, edgy translation featured Siobhan Redmond in the title role.
Following the gangland execution of her husband, the formidable matriarch Bernarda Alba will do anything to safeguard her family’s dubious fortune and the future of her five headstrong daughters. A deal is struck - a marriage of convenience between her eldest girl and the son of a business rival. All Bernarda has to do is ensure that the wedding happens, and quickly.
One of the most celebrated European dramas of the 20th century, Lorca described it as a “drama of women in the villages of Spain” - a theme that is electrifyingly transposed in this version to the tough communities of Glasgow’s East End. Faithfully preserving Lorca’s sense of boiling tension and impending tragedy, the production lined up a cast of twelve Scottish women who brought this classic text thrillingly up to date.
Cast: Jo Freer, Louise Ludgate, Vanessa Johnson, Anne Lacey, Mary McCusker, Myra McFadyen, Una McLean, Heather Nimmo, Julie Wilson Nimmo, Carmen Pieraccini, Siobhan Redmond and Morag Stark.
Directed by John Tiffany
By Federico García Lorca
Translated by Rona Munro
Preview 15.09.09 - 16.09.09
Post Show Discussion 02.10.09
Audio Described 01.10.09
Signed 03.10.09, 2:30 PM
Guide Dogs welcome
Post show discussion part of the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival.
Contains strong language throughout.
Recommended for 14+
4 stars The Herald
4 stars The Scotsman
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