The House of Bernarda Alba online

London theatre news: Monday 6 July 2020

Online - Production companies - Streaming

Graeae Theatre Company adss the archive recording of its co-production of Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba, to its growing digital offering.
Kathryn Hunter as Bernarda Alba from Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company

Kathryn Hunter as Bernarda Alba - photo by Jonathan Keenan

Graeae Theatre Company has added the archive recording of its co-production of The House of Bernarda Alba, to its growing catalogue of digital work.

Co-produced by Royal Exchange Theatre, Federico García Lorca's brilliant play (translated here by Jo Clifford) is available free-to-view on YouTube until Monday 13th July.

Kathryn Hunter leads an all-female Deaf and disabled cast directed by Jenny Sealey.

The production received four star reviews across the board and was described by The Guardian as "breathtaking theatre" when it was staged back in 2017.

Lorca's ever-popular work joins Graeae's Reasons To Be Cheerful as part of their online offering whilst theatres remain closed.

Their smash hit part play/part gig tells a coming of age tale that rejoices in the infectious and enduring music of Ian Dury and the Blockheads.

Filmed in front of a live audience at Theatre Royal Stratford East in the autumn of 2017, as part of its national tour produced in association with The Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Jenny Sealey's loud, bold and jubilant production continues as a free-to-view stream until August 3.

This online broadcast has recently won an Oncom Award in recognition the excellence of shows from independent, alternative and fringe theatres that are being presented online since March 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Graeae's online repertoire has also included Crips Without Constraints, an eleven-week programme of online activity which has provided a rich variety of work celebrating the creativity of Deaf and disabled artists across the nation.

The series, which ran from April to the end of June, featured eleven new monologues written and performed by Deaf and disabled artists.

These are also available to watch online.

Jenny Sealey, Graeae's Artistic Director said ...

"I'm so thrilled our and Royal Exchange's production of The House of Bernarda Alba in Jo Clifford's brilliant translation is getting a second life through the release of this recording.

I had a glorious time with Associate Director Nickie Miles-Wildin in 2017 working with the all-female creative team and Deaf and disabled cast led by the brilliantly formidable Kathryn Hunter.

It's the first time Graeae have worked in-the-round, and it's a production I'm very proud of.

It deserves to be seen by a wider audience, and hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did creating it.

Thank you Royal Exchange for your continued support of Graeae and this show in these fraught and complex times".

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