Athenry Drama Group put on Lorca Play – Easter 1998

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Athenry Drama Group took a brave step with its 1998 presentation of “Blood Wedding” by Spanish writer Frederico Garcia Lorca.

With an experienced group this play would be a difficult assignment but with a young and relatively inexperienced group it was all the more awesome a task. However as is often the case the higher the task the greater the lifting of standards by everyone involved.

The play, a tragedy is based on an event in Aldaluscia in Spain in the l920s and involves the elopement of a bride on her wedding day, with her married childhood sweetheart. Whose family were responsible for the deaths of the bride-groom’s father and brother.

The play was presented for two nights Sat.7th and Sunday 8th March in the Town Hall, Athenry. The audiences on both nights were large and appreciative. Mention must be made of the difficulties in staging a play in the town hall. Changing facilities are non-existent, men change in the men’s toilet, women in the entrance to the ladies toilets, facilities not consistent with 1998 standards.

The group also travelled to Claregalway Festival on Wed.11th March where they performed before adjudicator Seamus Hosey. He spoke afterwards of the huge challenge the play presented to the young cast. He liked in particular one particular scene in the woods in act two where he felt all the required elements in the play came together. He praised the lighting and the costumes and overall he felt the group performed very well.

Editor’s note: Watch “Blood Wedding” here! Played by Baruch College New York City 11/19/2016

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Published here 22 Mar 2023 and originally published Easter 1998

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