Gallery Players present The House of Bernarda Alba written by Spanish poet and playwright Federico Garcia Lorca in 1936, only a month before he was murdered by Fascists at the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War.
This production is being directed by Michael Platt, produced by Helen Clarke and includes an original musical score composed by Pat Whymark.
The House of Bernarda Alba is the story of a woman whose tyrannical oppression of her daughters transforms her house into a powder keg of tension, jealousy, anger, and fear. The power of the repressed women in the play vibrates through every line, creating a nightmarish quality of foreboding from which there is no escape.
The imposing black and white marbled tiled entrance hall of Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, will provide the intimate setting for this production, and the audience will witness at close proximity the unfolding tragedy which Bernarda brings upon her family.
Drawn from across the generations, the all-female cast features familiar Gallery actors including Shelley Clempson in the title role of Bernarda, Sally Scurrell as her servant Poncia, Hilary Kenny as her mother Maria-Josefa, and Evie White, Jo Lewis, Emilia Petryszyn, Rosie Beattie and Bronwen Cooper as her five daughters.