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Viva Lorca Festival
On from 24 Jul 2006 till 24 Sep 2006
Arcola Theatre
by Various
Genre(s): Drama

About: Viva Lorca Festival

Mariana Pineda
Translated by Gwynne Edwards
Directed by Max Key
Designed by Jon Bausor
24th July – 19th August – Studio 1

1930. Spain struggles under Primo de Rivera’s tyrannical rule. In the face of persecution, traditional Andalusian folklore spoke of a young and rebellious heroine, Mariana de Pineda. Widow, mother of two, martyr of love and liberty; she defies the oppressive dictatorship in the name of love. Vividly captured, Mariana Pineda explores a conflict of fate, freedom and womanhood, recounting the short and turbulent life of a tragic legend.

Cast includes: Pandora Colin, Patrick Lynch, Ben Nathan, Rachel Edwards, Ruth Posner, Geoff Breton, Leila Birch, Daniel Kanaber, Jonathan Dunstan and Rachel Atkins


Yerma
British premiere of a version by Frank McGuinness
Directed by Helena Kaut-Howson
Featuring Kathryn Hunter as Yerma
23rd August – 2nd September (Mon – Sat 8pm, Sat Mat 3pm), and 9th September – 23rd September (Mon – Sat 8pm, Sat Mat 3pm, Sun 7pm) – Studio 1 Note: No Performances 15th Sept

Childlessness provokes a deadly conflict within a barren marriage. Yerma passionately longs for a son, but her husband is pre-occupied and unresponsive. Trapped between honour and instinct, she battles with sexual temptations and the lure of Dolores, a sorceress. Mocked for her infertility and suspected of infidelity, Lorca’s tortured heroine is a desperate victim of her times.

In their Arcola debut, Yerma is the latest collaboration between Olivier Award winning Kathryn Hunter and internationally renowned director Helena Kaut-Howson.

When Five Years Pass
Translated by Gwynne Edwards
Directed by Charlotte Westenra
29th August – 23rd September – Studio 2

Five years have passed since two lovers have met. Now their wedding day has come, yet an unstoppable chain of events unfolds which leads the man on a surreal, and eventually tragic, journey of self-discovery.

Written following a disastrous love affair, the dream of eternal love is shattered in this neglected but powerful masterpiece. Lorca creates a twilight universe in which he explores the links between love, death and fantasy.

Charlotte Westenra's directing credits include Gladiator Games (Sheffield / Stratford East), Bloody Sunday with Nicolas Kent (Tricycle) and Waiting for Lefty (BAC).

Hace Federico
Spanish Texts by Federico Garcia Lorca
Selected, Arranged and Directed by Emily Lewis
Performed in Spanish with English surtitles
7th August – 12th August – Studio 1

Vividly capturing Lorca’s poetic lyricism, this devised piece combines extracts from across his diverse body of work. Threaded together with flamenco music, Hace Federico is not just for the aficionado, but an engaging exploration of the Lorca’s timeless relevance and artistry.

After a sell-out run at the Arcola last summer with Amor de Don Perlimplín con Belisa en su jardín, Baraka Theatre returns with a new play in Spanish.

Sensaciones
An Aire Flamenco Presentation
Directed by Rowena Ritchie
Choreographed by Nuria Garcia
31st July – 6th July – Flamenco in the Bar!

Gypsies say it's in the blood. Lorca himself called flamenco one of the greatest inventions of the Spanish people. Its tragic lyrics and tones clearly reflect the sufferings of the gypsy people. Through readings, dance and live Spanish music, Sensaciones explores the passion and grace of the traditional art of flamenco.

Aire Flamenco is the creative arm of La Escuela de Baile, the largest Spanish dance school outside of Spain.

Exploring Lorca
A series of rehearsed readings of plays by and about Lorca.
16th, 17th, 18th and 19th August. – Studio 2

In addition to the main stage productions, Arcola Theatre will also be presenting a series of rehearsed readings by and about Lorca in order to celebrate the man and his work.

Wednesday 16th August
The Shoemaker’s Wonderful Wife by Federico Garcia Lorca
This delightful short play, subtitled ‘a violent farce in two acts’, tells the story of a shoemaker driven to leave his young and flirtatious wife. He is at the mercy of predatory rich men and gossiping neighbours until a mysterious traveller arrives with a strangely familiar story.

Thursday 17th August
The Ghost of Federico Garcia Lorca Which Can Also be Used as a Table by Peter Straughan
Lorca returns to the world as a ghost and explores key moments of his life, including his relationship with Salvador Dalí, his work in the theatre and his casually brutal death. A witty, moving and theatrically innovative play that won the Alfred Bradley Drama Award.

Friday 18th August
The Butterfly’s Evil Spell by Federico Garcia Lorca
This play, Lorca’s first ever, tells the story of a village of insects who made love with a pure and simple pleasure until an irresponsible poet filled their heads with romantic ideals. Boybeetle is courted by the rich and beautiful Sylvia, but when a wounded butterfly is brought to the village he loses his heart and hopes of happiness.

Saturday 19th August
Lorca in a Green Dress by Nilo Cruz
An incredulous Lorca arrives in purgatory and his fellow inmates perform a series of scenes from his life to discourage him from returning to the world of the living. A poignant and poetic play from Pulitzer prize-winning Cuban-American playwright Nilo Cruz, whose Anna in the Tropics received great acclaim at Hampstead Theatre in 2004.

Federico Garcia Lorca
This year marks the 70th anniversary of Federico García Lorca’s death, a man widely regarded as one of the greatest Spanish writers. Since his death in 1936, his reputation has not ceased to grow. Writers, musicians and poets around the world continue to be inspired by his deep lyricism and the poetic evocation of rural Spain.

Born in 1898 in rural Granada, Lorca reigned supreme in the thriving ‘Silver Age’ of 1920s Spain, alongside his friends Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel. He lived to see his country change irrevocably during the eruption of the Spanish Civil War, which heralded a long era of military repression. Over a million people were killed, including Lorca himself – on August 17th 1936. He was arrested by the Fascist militia in his country villa, and, two days later, executed in an unmarked grave. He was thirty-eight.

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