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BERNARDA ALBA Financial assistance is being offered to those who are arranging transport for theatre-goers to Llandudno’s Venue Cymru next week for Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – the Welsh National Theatre Company’s production of Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Tŷ Bernarda Alba (House of Bernarda Alba).

“The company is very conscious of the fact that Venue Cymru was the only theatre in the whole of north Wales able to cater for the production,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Marketing Manager, Elwyn Williams.
“The least we can do under the circumstances is go so some way the meet the travelling costs to audiences who plan to come by coach to Llandudno,” he added,

Tŷ Bernarda Alba was the last play penned by Lorca - the poet and renowned dramatist executed during the Spanish Civil War. It’s been adapted into Welsh by Mererid Hopwood - the only female ever to win the bardic chair in the National Eisteddfod of Wales. As well as the Eisteddfod’s bardic crown and the festival’s Prose Medal.

“Mererid’s writing talents excels once again in this her adaptation of Lorca’s last and most poignant play,” said Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru’s Deputy Artistic Director, Judith Roberts.
“As a consequence she is now part of a long tradition of Welsh literary giants who have successfully brought the best of European theatre to a Welsh audience,” she added.

The play, that explores themes of repression, passion and conformity, centers on the events of a house in rural Spain during a period of mourning, in which the 60-year-old widow, Bernarda, wields total and tragic control over the whole household including her five daughters. Although the effect of men on women is a continuous theme the love interest of Bernarda’s daughters never appears to the audience.

The play was completed shortly before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 but was not performed for another nine years. Lorca’s work was banned by Franco’s incoming fascist regime with Bernarda’r cruel tyranny seen as being a parody of the activities of Spain’s new political rulers.

Lorca himself was abducted and murdered by persons unknown and his body was never found. An investigation is still ongoing into his death as a crime against humanity during the Spanish Civil war and the Franco era.

The whole female cast o Tŷ Bernarda Alba includes well-known and hugely experienced stage and televison actresses like Sian Alwen Ffion Wyn Bowen, Rhian Jayne Bull, Carys Eleri, Jenny Livsey, Betsan Llwyd, Catrin Morgan, Rhian Morgan, Sharon Morgan, Christine Pritchard and Tonya Smith. The play is directed by Judith Roberts supported by lighting director, Nick Munford and set designer, Colin Falconer. The music for the production is composed by Conor Linehan.

The production will be staged in Llandudno’s Venue Cymru (01492872000) on Thursday and Friday evenings, 18-19 June, 2009.

All performances start at 7.30pm and those who wish to take up the offer of financial assistance to travel to Llandudno are asked to telephone 01267 233 882.

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru is funded by the Arts Council of Wales.
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