Senior Play - Yerma


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The anguishing and compelling story of Yerma is about a young woman suffering the social torment of a childless marriage. Originally set in rural Spain, this version transports the action closer to home but where the themes of isolation, passion and repression are just as pertinent.

The character Yerma, the name meaning barren, marries Juan out of honour. She is surrounded by a society that feels that women have a duty to their husbands to provide them with heirs. The story raises the question of fertility, choice and the societal pressures woman face to be mothers, that are just as relevant today as they were then.

Set using live music played by the actors, Lorca's timeless epic poetry addresses the modern question of female expectation within the world we live.

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