The House of Bernarda Alba
by Federico Garcia Lorca
20th - 28th March 2009
~ Directed by Andy Lee ~

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A masterpiece of the modern theatre, The House of Bernada Alba was written in 1936, just before the start of the Spanish Civil War. The play takes place in a small village in southern Spain following the funeral of Bernarda Alba's second husband. After the mourners depart, the tyrannical matriarch announces to her five daughters that their period of mourning will last eight years. Obsessed with family honor, Bernarda rules the household with an iron fist, but all of her daughters secretly harbor a passion for Pepe el Romano, the handsomest man in the village. The eldest daughter is engaged to him, but the arrangement is a financial one, and it is the youngest daughter, Adela, who becomes his lover. When the truth finally breaks through the atmosphere of suppressed desire, jealousy, anger and fear, the consequences are tragic. Adela takes her own life and Bernarda makes a desperate attempt to maintain control of her shattered household.
(Barnes and Noble)

Cast
Claudia McKelveyBernada
Pat LeeMaria Josef
Jackie LawnPoncia
Ann SellwoodThe Servant
Maggie BoxPrudencia
Madeline Lee, Charlotte Mann & Lulu MannLittle Girls
Rose TregidgoAdela
Julia RyanMartirio
Hannah LeonardAmelia
Verity MannMagdelena
Jo BurnhamAugustius
Diana Wilkinson & Pippa MortonMourners
Crew
Ted KemplenStage Manager
Jill DigbyProduction Secretary
Chris JanesSet Design
Paul MortonSound
Simon LeeLighting
Shelagh MaughanWardrobe
Martina MilicProps
Diana WilkinsonPrompt