Yerma

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Dates and times

  • Tuesday 15th October at 7:30pm: Play and Q&A after play (with an English interpreter)

  • Wednesday 16th October at 2:30 pm & 7:30pm: Play

  • Thursday 17th October at 7:30pm: Play and Q&A after play (with an English interpreter)

Author: Federico García Lorca

Director: Marc Chornet Artells

Cast: Alba José/Neus Pàmies (Yerma), Martí Salvat (Juan), Isabel Soriano (La Vieja), Xavier Torra (Víctor), Rosa Serrra (María), Cristina López (Muchacha), Roser Tàpias (Muchacha)

Producer: Neus Pàmies / Projecte Ingenu

Suitable for 15yrs+

Running Time: 80 minutes

No interval

Venue: John Lyon’s Theatre, City Lit , 1-10 Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA View map

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Synopsis:

This is a contemporary staging of the play, reflecting on fertility in the modern day.
We soon begin to question whether Yerma is really a classic? If so, we should be able to picture her walking alongside us, responding to our doubts, fears and uncertainties. Her attitude would annoy us as well as appeal to us; sometimes we’d find her old-fashioned, on other occasions too modern. We’d love her and hate her at the same time. If this were a classic, it wouldn’t be only her inner conflict that was extrapolated to our world, but every situation, every character, every sentence would resonate with us as if we were talking to our partner, lover, friend or mother. We’d come across Juan in the office, Víctor in the bar, María pushing a pram. Older people would give us advice we don’t understand and the smiling faces of a pair of young girls would delight us when we least expected it.
What would give us the biggest headache would be to discover that work robs us of time and energy as we aspire to rewards that are not clearly defined, while the people we love become distanced from us without necessarily realising it. And the sense of unease, that is always there, determining everything; an sense of unsense that won’t go away, that consumes everything and is never sated. And gradually, Yerma gets much closer to us. Yerma is very much there inside us all. A Yerma who is our own age, who struggles for the same dreams as all of us on a daily basis, who is embarrassed by the same fears. And a doubt… A big doubt. Enormous. Are we infertile? Is the world we live in infertile? Is there the slightest possibility of making the times we live in and our world fertile? And if there is, will we want it enough that any good may come of it?
Marc Chornet, Director.