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The House Of Bernarda Alba (Fourth Monkey Theatre)

By | Published on Sunday 10 August 2014

Lorca’s classic play, about heat and longing, fails to get past a simmer in Fourth Monkey Theatre’s new adaptation. After the death of her husband, Bernarda Alba enforces an eight year mourning period on her five daughters, but before long bitterness and resentment begin to brew between the feuding sisters. The show relies on atmospheric music to create tension, but the sound design lacks subtlety and at times is even cartoonish. Perhaps because of a lack of set, any sense of claustrophobia and cabin fever is absent. All performances are solid, with Claudia Errico and Georgia Cornick putting in especially strong turns as Poncia and Martirio. Regardless, the production lacks the right materials to truly create a fire.

theSpace on Niddry Street, until 23 Aug.
tw rating 3/5 | [Patricia-Ann Young]