Radical take on Lorca’s Blood Wedding

BloodWedding-ImageAndTitleA radical take on Lorca’s Blood Wedding is being staged at Derby Theatre this month.

The new version of the 1930s classic by the Spanish dramatist has been written by David Ireland and is directed by the Graeae Theatre Company’s artistic director Jenny Sealey.

Graeae is a force for change in world-class theatre and champions the inclusion of deaf and disabled people in the arts.

The company boldly places disabled artists centre-stage and one of the stars of Blood Wedding is Amy Conachan a rising young star of Scottish Theatre.

She is still studying at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland but has already had critical success in Wendy Hoose a frank sex comedy that toured last year.

She is the first disabled person on her course and was the first to have professional leading roles.

The play is being co-produced by Derby Theatre and Dundee Rep Ensemble; both forward thinking and keen to work with and for a diverse audience.

Jenny, who co-directed the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony is herself deaf.

“Someone once said to me ‘Lorca did not write Blood Wedding for people like you (deaf and disabled actors) to be in it’. Graeae, Dundee Rep and Derby Theatre beg to differ and challenge that statement.”

Lorca’s play is fuelled by searing lust, love and rebellion. When a young man and woman are overcome with passion and defy their families, the consequences are fatally heartbreaking.

There is passion, rage and bloodshed as a wedding party turns sour and two families are torn apart.

All performances include a creative combination of sign language interpretation, captioning and audio description. It is recommended for over 14s as it contains scenes of a sexual nature as well as strong language.

You can see Blood Wedding from March 17-28. For details go to http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk