Rep production fuelled by lust, love and rebellion

When a young man and woman are overrun with passion and defy their families, the consequences are fatally heartbreaking - 'Blood Wedding'.
When a young man and woman are overrun with passion and defy their families, the consequences are fatally heartbreaking - 'Blood Wedding'.

Next month a radical new take on Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘Blood Wedding’, co-produced by Dundee Rep Ensemble, Derby Theatre and Graeae Theatre Company, will go on a national tour after opening at Dundee Rep Theatre on March 4.

Graeae’s Artistic Director Jenny Sealey directs David Ireland’s radical new take on Lorca’s play which is fuelled by searing lust, love and rebellion.

When a young man and woman are overrun with passion and defy their families the consequences are fatally heartbreaking in this modern day re-telling of a classic. Passion, rage and bloodshed ensue in a tale that pushes rebellion to its limits. The consequences are explosive as a wedding party turns sour and two families are torn apart.

All performances of ‘Blood Wedding’ include a creative combination of BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description.

Graeae’s CEO/artistic director Jenny Sealey, MBE, said: “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 with our adaptation by David Ireland, placing a glorious diversity of people centre stage, all of whom have a right to be there to claim their stake in the narrative.”

The play contains scenes of an adult and sexual nature and strong language.

David Ireland trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and has worked with many theatre companies across the UK including Dundee Rep Ensemble.

He was playwright in residence at the Lyric Belfast 2011-2012 and is winner of BBC Radio Drama Award and the prestigious Meyer Whitworth Award.

Following the Dundee run from March 4 to 14 ‘Blood Wedding’ will tour to Derby Theatre, Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich and Liverpool Everyman.

The recommended age for this production is 14+.

Schools and colleges interested in booking should contact Gemma Nicol, gnicol@dundeerep.co.uk for further information.

Ticket details for the Rep performances are available from the box office on 01382 227684 or bookings can be made online at www.dundeerep.co.uk