Lorca's Rural Trilogy


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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.


by Federico Garcia Lorca

in a translation by Michael Dewell and Carmen Zapata

The tragic tale of a woman's desperate yearning for a child that leads her to murder. Infused with poetic imagery and song this is one of Lorca's best known plays, written in 1934.

Federico Garcia Lorca (1898 - 1936) is, with Cervantes, the best known figure in Spanish literature. His plays Blood Wedding, Yerma and The House of Bernarda Alba are often referred to as a 'rural trilogy' and all three are being broadcast together on Radio 3 in March 2014.

Singers, Members of the cast and Leslie Pratt

Directed by Pauline Harris.

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An atmospheric re-working by Ted Hughes of Lorca's evocative meditation on fate, war, tradition, passion and repression. Inspired by the true story of a fatal feud between two families in the Almeria province, high in the mountains of rural Spain.

The third play in Radio 3's broadcast of Federico García Lorca's "Rural Trilogy" from 1930s Spain. This production of Blood Wedding was first broadcast in 2008 and won the Sony Award for best drama that year.