Lorca’s Bernarda Alba at the Royal Exchange


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Royal Exchange Theatre (2)When Bernarda says ‘Silence’ we say ‘listen’

AS and A Level Spanish students were treated to the play ‘House of Bernarda Alba’ by Federico García Lorca (translated by Jo Clifford) on 23rd February at the Royal Exchange Theatre, in Manchester.

It was the powerful and thought provoking Royal Exchange Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company’s co-production. The highlight was the actress Kathryn Hunter’s astounding intense interpretation of Bernarda, and the accessible and inclusive nature of the production. It was a clever mix of speech, signing and subtitles.

It was a fantastic opportunity for our students studying Spanish to enrich their learning and watch the play, which is a crucial part of the A-Level syllabus.  All students enjoyed the brilliant production and stunning cast; it was a version of Bernarda like no other!

I really enjoyed seeing The House of Bernarda Alba at the Royal Exchange Theatre. I think it was a fantastic experience for finding out what we’ll do in A2, and the play was really well performed too.’

Spanish AS student Eloise Mellor

‘The theatre trip to watch La Casa de Bernarda Alba was fantastic! Being able to see the play, as it should be performed on stage was invaluable in helping my understanding of the play. I would recommend it to anyone!’

Spanish A2 student Isabella Schiavo

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