Dark Love and Deep Song

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Dark Love and Deep Song

theatre is poetry that rises from the book and becomes human enough to talk and shout, weep and despair.

Federico Garcia Lorca

Compiled and directed by HANNAH O’LEARY, this affecting theatrical performance interweaves readings from FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA’S poetry and plays with the words and music of LORCA and MANUEL de FALLA.

DARK LOVE AND DEEP SONG was first performed in The Riverfront Studio on Wednesday 15th February 2012 by KATHRYN DIMERY, ERICA EIRIAN, HANNAH O’LEARY, BETSAN LLWYD and OLWEN REES with acclaimed mezzo-soprano, BUDDUG VERONA JAMES, accompanied by CARADOG WILLIAMS.

The performance was presented by arrangement with Herederos de Federico Garcia Lorca and Gwynne Edwards.
Ms James's was an object lesson in how the recitalist should insinuate herself into the mood of the piece, be it lullaby, dance, narrative or lamentation.

These were songs enacted with full dramatic flourish. And the readers - Kathryn Dimery, Erica Eirian, Betsan Llwyd, Hannah O'Leary and Olwen Rees - took their cues from her, their recitations as colourful as their portrayals in extracts from Lorcaís plays Yerma and Blood Wedding.

South Wales Argus

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Compiled and directed by Hannah O'Leary