Federico Lorca wrote Blood Wedding after being inspired by a newspaper account of a wedding that ended in tragic circumstances near Almeria, Spain. Ted Hughes’ 1996 reworking was performed tonight with a large cast and minimal props. The 1920s tale of proud, angry men and their devoted women living amongst a family feud, fuelled by flamenco rhythms and lunar influence was well paced, with the first act setting the scene for the denouement. Throughout, the blend of original music, dance and poetic passages were performed with passion, especially by the strong female leads, with Ellie Mason’s servant a standout.
New Venture Theatre, 17 February 2017 (until 25 February)