Last Friday, A level Spanish students made their way across the river to the Cervantes Theatre to see a rendition of Lorca’s La Casa de Bernarda Alba. The Cervantes Theatre is London’s only venue to showcase Spanish and Latin American plays performed in Spanish. This interpretation of the play offered students a deeper insight into rural life in early twentieth century Andalusia. The positioning of the actors on stage echoed the stringent rules established in Bernarda’s home and even the small size of the theatre fed into the theme of entrapment. A combination of discordant cries and flooding blue light in the final scene elicited pathos in the audience, infusing the theatre with a befitting sense of sorrow. Students certainly left with a more profound understanding of the play and Lorca’s web of complex characters.
Ophelia, year 12