Blood Wedding

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Blood Wedding

21 July - 19 August
Merlyn Theatre
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Married life is a killer.

In this remarkable bilingual production directed by Marion Potts, the lush lyricism of Federico García Lorca’s writing is wedded to a contemporary sensibility utterly of the now.

Devastating romance, a clash between desire and tradition, a rich paean to the Spanish soil and its culture of passion and ritual — Lorca’s tour de force is all of these things.

Here, with music by Tim Rogers, and a cast of actors from across the globe, Blood Wedding will speak afresh of love’s impossible magnetism, with the rhythms and poetry of Spanish as the refrains to which this timeless drama insistently returns.

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Duration 90 minutes no interval.

Fiesta de la Tarde (Saturday 18 August)

To celebrate Blood Wedding, we’re throwing a Spanish fiesta. Enjoy a special Lorca-inspired afternoon that’s a celebration of the vibrancy of Spanish cultures: poetry, flamenco, a special Spanish-language post-show discussion, and si, si, sangria and paella will be present.

2pm Blood Wedding, Merlyn Theatre

From 3.30pm a special Spanish-language Time To Talk post-show discussion with the cast and team of Blood Wedding, Merlyn Theatre

Or be serenaded by Miles and Ziggy Johnston on acoustic guitar and a reading of Lorca’s Gypsy poems (English and Spanish language) in the Malthouse Theatre foyer

From 6.30pm enjoy Flamenco from Son del Sur and a repeat reading of Lorca’s Gypsy poems (English and Spanish language)

7.30pm Blood Wedding, Merlyn Theatre


Malthouse Theatre presents
By Federico García Lorca
Adapted by Raimondo Cortese
Directed by Marion Potts
Set and Costume Design The Sisters Hayes
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Composition Tim Rogers
Sound Design Russell Goldsmith
Assistant Director Claudia Escobar

Performed by
Silvia Colloca
Nicole Da Silva
Ivan Donato
Mariola Fuentes
Ruth Sancho Huerga
Irene del Pilar Gomez
Matias Stevens
Greg Ulfan 
David Valencia

Blood Wedding is proudly supported by Qantas.

Developed in the Engine Room thanks to support from CAL Cultural Fund.

Photo Garth Oriander Pictured Silvia Colloca and Nicole Da Silva

Production photos by Jeff Busby

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As the mother, Mariola Fuentes is a load-bearing wall, immensely strong. Silvia Colloca is a luminous presence as the bride who can't overcome her desires. Matias Stevens is excellent, as furious and bullocking as an unbroken steed, as the other man Leonardo.
— Chris Boyd, The Australian
... a rare gift to Melbourne audiences – a chance to see justice done to one of Spain’s greatest poets ... [Potts] has directed Blood Wedding with profound cultural sensitivity, integrity of vision, emotive force and poetic power.
— Cameron Woodhead, The Age
Not to be missed.
— Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes