Thursday, 11 August 2011
Staged by the Sydney Theatre Company.
An English language adaptation of Frederico Garcia Lorca's play Blood Wedding. Two families touched by tragedy borne of a history of feuds are about to enjoined through marriage. The groom's widowed mother who bears her losses like a painful ongoing skin condition is suspicious of what her son is heading towards whilst the bride's widowed father appears keen to offload a daughter for overall economic gain.
Act 1 takes us from engagement to wedding day on a simple stage uncluttered by any features of substance. Act 2 takes over when the wedding day comes unstuck almost as another play altogether with the stage and costuming transformed into something akin to Guillermo del Toro's film Pan's Labyrinth.
None of the performers, not even the Flamenco guitarist who accompanies the players on stage, appears to be of Spanish heritage so the style and quality of the performance - music, dance, demeanour and all, is impressive.