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Saturday, March 22, 2014


The Theatre-St Anne’s College and Michaelhouse are presenting BLOOD WEDDING by Federico Garcia Lorca. The production is jointly directed by Lynn Chemaly (St Anne’s) and William Le Cordeur (Michaelhouse) and features an original soundtrack by Chris Smith and Bernard Kisbey-Green.

Blood Wedding was inspired by a newspaper article of an incident almost identical to the plot of the play.

Lorca thought about the story for many years and then one day sat down and wrote it in a week. Blood Wedding explores the human passions of imperfect human beings but Lorca moves them into a surreal world in which the mysterious and fantastical players of the Moon and Death are possible. He explores how human life is automatically fused with the forces of nature. So, as a result, human actions are determined outside of themselves; driven by a universal fate.

Lorca is essentially exploring the concept of human fatality; life and death, and how characters are destroyed by their own destiny. In Blood Wedding, an insignificant hazard, such as a small knife, puts a tragic end to vigorous young lives. Lorca is particularly concerned with the plight of women and the role they play in the cycle of life and death. His female characters are always strong, both duty-bound and rebellious but they all experience the inevitable pain and suffering in the loss of their husbands, sons and lovers to violence. Lorca sets the play within the rural farming context that he grew up in and many of his characters are modelled directly on people he knew.

Tickets R70 (R50 Concessions) and performances take place on the following dates:

March 18 to 21 at 19h30 at The Theatre-St Anne’s College. Booking with Toni Woodgate on 033 343 6100 weekdays between 08h00 & 15h00 or email:

March 24 and 25 at 19h30 at The Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse. Booking with Angela Jonsson on 033-2341314 weekdays between 08h00 & 13h00 or