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Thursday, 13 September 2018

REVIEW: Blood Wedding at Omnibus Theatre, Clapham

If you want to be surprised and leave the naturalistic British theatre for a little while, go down to Clapham to see Blood Wedding, the first part of what some have called the “rural trilogy” of Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca. Even though this new production by George Richmond-Scott is set in the urban jungle of London, the tone of Blood Wedding and its multicultural cast give it a true sense of foreignness that I greatly welcomed. 

The story tells of the Son and the Bride who are getting married very soon. They are being intently watched by the nervous Mother and Leo, the bride’s secret ex-lover. The play is full of symbols, passionate and dramatic elements that fuel its other-worldliness. This lends itself well to the Spanish heritage of the characters, swaying between tradition and the future. In addition, musical interludes elevate the play and remind us of the importance of slowing down – especially in this city.

The Son’s Mother has been mourning her husband and worrying about her son’s fate every day. On the wedding day, she is very aware of how bad omens could take over. On the Bride’s side, the Friend is a joyful presence, very happy go lucky and encouraging about the future. On the other side of town, Leo and his Wife, who have been invited to the wedding, are threatening the day’s peace. The wedding party ends with the Bride and Leo, who are secretly in a self-destructing love relationship, running away into the night after the ceremony.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

A contemporary adaptation of Lorca's 'Blood Wedding' to open the Autumn Season 2018 of the award winning Clapham Omnibus Theatre

A new contemporary adaptation of Lorca’s BLOOD WEDDING is coming to London this September (4-23). The project will unite British and Spanish artists and audiences to champion cross-cultural collaboration in our current climate.

Lorca’s classic account of familial conflict and fated love will open the Autumn Season 2018 at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham.

The story is reimagined in the heart of London’s Spanish community today, focusing on the Mother and Bride. Challenges of living in the post-Brexit capital underscore the tragedy of the original.

The production will be a theatre experience, spilling into the theatre café in the interval where tapas and live original music composed and played by the actors will create an authentic Spanish wedding party atmosphere.

Audiences will be engaged in debate through pre-show talks by Lorca experts and post-show Q&As.
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