The House Of Bernada Alba
by Federico García Lorca; producer Dorothy Baldwin
30 November – 2 December 1978
Lorca’s grim classic contains few if any laughs but remains popular on the amateur as well as the professional stage, not only because it requires ten women and no men. The play explores themes of repression, passion and conformity, and tackles the effects that men have on women.
On her second husband’s death, domineering matriarch Bernarda Alba imposes an eight-year mourning period on her household in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has five daughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has controlled and prohibited from any form of relationship. The mourning period further isolates them and tension mounts within the household, leading to attempted murder and suicide.