Inspired by Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernada Alba’
The air is closing in on a house, on an estate.
Within it, a woman tries to protect her adult daughters from what feels like a rapidly shifting world after the death of their father, it’s the futile effort of a mother pushing invisible dark edges away.
She comes from a world of proverbs that predicts “The Youth Teach Their Mother to Give Birth”. They come from a world where everyone acts like a walking proverb within 280 characters.
She has nomadic tones and they have south Manchester cadences. Their lives play out beneath a constant lens where they are always ‘other’ in the world…
Something’s got to give.
Writer and director Yusra Warsama takes Lorca’s classic ‘The House of Bernada Alba’ as inspiration for this powerful new production, as she exports Lorca’s language to a Manchester Moss Side home.
About Yusra Warsama
Yusra Warsama is a Manchester based artist and theatre maker. Recently seen at the Royal Exchange in ‘Nora: A Dolls House’ she also features in Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ and wrote for the recent ‘My White Best Friend – North’ production. At HOME she has featured in ‘Future Bodies’ and ‘On Corporation Street’.
Image Credit: Shirlaine Forrest. Concept/Design Yusra Warsama.