Nationalist sympathisers murdered Spain’s celebrated dramatist Federico García Lorca shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936. Whether the assassination was politically motivated is however a subject of debate.
Lorca’s innovative plays are renowned for their evocation of the profound and primitive passions of Spanish rural life. His Blood Wedding (which he subtitled ‘a poetic tragedy in 3 acts and 7 scenes’) is based on a newspaper fragment which told of a family vendetta and a bride who ran away with the son of the enemy family. Bloodshed and deaths followed when they were hunted down and killed. Lorca used this story to investigate the subjects which fascinated him: desire, repression, ritual, religion and the constraints and commitments of the rural community in which the play is rooted. The landscape of Blood Wedding is a poetic one of heightened language, song, music and rhythm. Lorca employs the symbols and images which pervade most of his writing… blood, steel, the moon, horses, death, bulls, dark woods and heady flowers.
Whilst Lorca knew political and sexual oppression intimately, Blood Wedding is not concerned with regime change. Instead, it recognises how the flames of passion can be stamped on and stifled but never put out. His now classic tale of passion is dangerous, fast paced and ultimately a story about the yearnings of the heart which can never be commanded.
Directed by Geoffrey Hyland and featuring original song music by Godfrey Johnson, "Blood Wedding" runs in the P4 Studio Theatre. For more information or bookings, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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