Lorca has been cited as the most important Spanish dramatist and poet of the twentieth century. For the duration of his short artistic career, he was fascinated with the music and culture of rural Spain and this combined with a newspaper article on the murder of a young man who had attempted to run away with a bride on the eve of her wedding, served as strong influences for this play.
In Blood Wedding the bride is an independent woman bound by both geographical isolation and the traditions of a culture that do not afford women much freedom. The choice to marry is one she makes in order to have some sense of control over the events in her life. However, she does not account for the jealousy of her former love, the suspicion and fear of her bridegroom’s mother or her own frustration and resentment at her circumstance.
In a nod to Lorca’s travelling theatre roots, this production presents a chorus of seven actors performing more than twenty roles in a symbolic approach to the staging of the piece; this also serves to highlight the classical tragedy elements of the story. This production also features flamenco influenced movement sequences created by Lucy Angell, inspired by Antonio Gades and drawn from Lorca’s own passion for Andalusia and the rich cultural heritage of his country.