The House of Bernarda Alba was Garcia Lorca's last play, completed just two months before his death during the Spanish Civil War. The play centres on the events of in a house in a period of mourning, in which Bernarda Alba (aged 60) wields total control over her five daughters.
"Rona Munro's bold translation for the National Theatre of Scotland is...a portrait of an all-female household cocooned from the outside world by a domineering mother...and fear of the paparazzi. With only one man – the son of a local mobster – to share between them, the daughters let claustrophobia and sexual frustration get the better of them. By staying loyal to the family, they repress their instincts until something has to give." https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2009/sep/20/house-of-bernarda-alba-review
The House of Bernarda Alba is regularly revived and read all over the world, and in fact a new version opens at the National Theatre in November. Despite being nearly 90 years old, the play is still relevant to modern feminist issues, being a tragic tale of repressed rural Spanish women who will never have the opportunity to choose a husband. It is also a play expressing the costs of repressing the freedom of others.
We welcome back Playgoers life member Richard Clark to direct this theatre classic. Richard is an experienced actor and director, not only with Playgoers but throughout the region. His recent productions include The Canterbury Tales, Cider with Rosie, Treasure Island and She Stoops To Conquer. He worked with Nick Stimson on the creation of our original projects based on the history of Totnes and Dartington, Love and Fire (2013) and Inventing Utopia (2016).