In this house you’ll do what I order.
In 2009, with the support of Nicolas Young and The Riverfront, Newport, Theatr Pena staged the Company’s first production, The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca translated by Gwynne Edwards.
Following the death of her second husband, Bernarda Alba imposes an eight year period of mourning on her five daughters. Cut off from the outside world, Bernarda’s tyranny drives the sisters against each other and unleashes a storm that devastates the household with terrifying consequences.
Written in 1936, The House of Bernarda Alba deals with the human struggle between oppression and freedom, and was to be the last play written by Spain's most famous young poet and playwright, as just two months after it was completed, he was murdered by Franco's supporters.
The Riverfront, Newport 10 to 13 Feb 2009
By arrangement with Herederos de Federico Garcia Lorca and Gwynne Edwards
Made possible with the support of The Riverfront, colleagues and friends.
"It was the latent eroticism that raised the temperatures in Frederico Garcia Lorca’s classic tale of control and freedom given a remarkable interpretation by Theatr Pena under Erica Eirian. A display of assured, accomplished acting from some of the best in the trade."
"This is challenging and rewarding theatre- played with professionalism, commitment, and quality. The extended run at the Riverfront is well deserved."
"The plot slowly unwinds like a thread being drawn from one of the large white sheets that the daughters are often at work on until it reaches its inevitable black ending. Gwynne Edwards’ translation brings us the power of Lorca’s writing. Erica Erian’s well judged, precise directing captures all the dryness of the earth that surrounds the tearing suppression of these five young, yearning women, providing us with an evening of great theatre. An evening of great Welsh Theatre particularly from the performances of this excellent ensemble of many of Wales’ finest female actors."
The Servant: Betsan Llwyd
Poncia: Christine Pritchard
Singer/Beggar Woman/ First Mourner: Buddug Verona James
Bernarda: Rosamund Shelley
Angustius: Kathryn Dimery
Magdelena: Adrienne O’Sullivan
Amelia: Eiry Thomas
Martirio: Hannah O’Leary
Adela: Catherine Capelin
Prudencia/Maria Josefa: Olwen Rees
Women of the Village: Jessica Sandry, Naomi Martell, Brya Waterford
The Harvesters: Only Men Aloud!
Musician: Paula Gardiner
Director: Erica Eirian
Designer: Holly McCarthy
Lighting Designer: Kay Haynes
Musical Directors: Paula Gardiner and Buddug Verona James
Sound Designer: Andrew Nasrat
Fight Choreographer: Seb Morgan
Stage Manager: Phil Whittaker
Production Manager: Ian Buchanan
Graphic Designer: Holly McCarthy
Rehearsal Photographer: Sian Trenberth
Production Photographer: Dyfrig Morris
Project Management: Erica Eirian
Producer: Kate Perridge
Technical Manager: Chris Davies (courtesy of The Riverfront)
Technician: Helen Pickering (courtesy of The Riverfront)
OUR SINCERE THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT WITHOUT WHICH OUR PRODUCTION OF THE HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE:
ACT NOW: Adrienne O’Sullivan, FIONA and PHIL ALDERMAN, ARUP, CLEMENS BETZEL, CLAIRE CAPELIN, ALLAN COOK, SIR ALAN COX OBE, Dr and Mrs ALEC DAVIES, ALUN and ISOBEL DAVIES, MARY DAVIES, VANESSA DODD, SIÔN EIRIAN, BARBARA EVANS, FICTION FACTORY: Ed Thomas, BARBARA FRANCES, LOGICAL FINANCIAL PLANNING LTD.: Peter Gibbs, NICK GODING, DAVID GROVES, TERRY DYDDGEN and JUDITH JONES, LEGAL & GENERAL, THE MAP CONSORTIUM, SAMANTHA MASKREY, JULIAN MITCHELL, VIV MOORE, FIONA PEEL OBE, MARY PICKETT, SASSIE REES, PENNANT and BETSAN ROBERTS, Dr MICHAEL and Mrs ANN ROBINSON, IAN SAYNOR, JOHNNY TUDOR, JOHN and JUDI WILKINS, GILLIE and DAVID WILLIAMS, YNYR WILLIAMS.
Our thanks also to
Everyman Theatre, Cardiff
The Riverfront, Newport
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
Wales Theatre Company