Federico Garcia Lorca's final play.
Translation by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata
Following the death of her second husband Bernarda Alba, a tyrannical matriarch, rules over her house and daughters, imposing an eight-year period of mourning. To hear Lorca's 'Rural Trilogy' complete, Yerma and the award-winning Blood Wedding are broadcast in the following two weeks in Drama on 3.
Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 - 1936) is, with Cervantes, the best known figure in Spanish literature. Written in 1936 and completed just a few months before his execution, The House of Bernarda Alba is Lorca's final tragedy
Bernarda Alba - Sian Thomas
Poncia - Brigit Forsyth
Maria Josefa - Pauline Jefferson
Angustias - Kate Coogan
Magdalena - Victoria Brazier
Martirio - Christine Bottomley
Adela - Elaine Cassidy
Prudencia - Christine Cox
Girl - Daisy Jones
All other parts played by members of the cast
Male chorus singers - Les Pratt, Martin Medina, Nathan Jenkins, Andrew Johnston, David Cane, Peter Edge, George Leeming.
Musical direction and original music composition by Conrad Nelson
Adapted for radio, produced and directed by Pauline Harris
"There lived Dona Bernarda, a very old widow who kept an inexorable and tyrannical watch over her unmarried daughters. They were prisoners deprived of free will... I saw them pass like shadows, always silent, and always dressed in black. It was a silent and cold hell in the African sun, a tomb for the living under the harsh rule of a dark jailer." - Lorca's description of a childhood memory which inspired the play.