“The House of Bernarda Alba is easily one of the most powerful and moving plays we’ve seen in quite a while – both in dramatic content and execution – and in the hands of the Wild Rice creative team, this 78-year-old play has been vividly brought to life once again in manner which is both relatable and frightfully relevant to a Singapore audience today.” – Buttons in the Bread
An Explosive Tale of Suppressed Desires and Jealousies.
One matriarch. Five daughters. Eight years of mourning.
To keep up appearances after the death of her husband, tyrannical mother Bernarda resolves to seal her family off from the world – a decision that effectively compels her five daughters to give up love and happiness for lives of duty and obligation. Within the oppressive confines of the Alba household, tensions swirl and emotions run high. The arrival of a seductive suitor lays bare the bitter rivalries and repressed sexuality that lie at the twisted, tragic heart of Bernarda's family.
The House Of Bernarda Alba is a masterpiece of modern European theatre. It is the final – and possibly finest – play written by Spanish playwright Federico García Lorca, completed shortly before he was murdered by Nationalist sympathisers in 1936.
Deftly transposed into Singapore's rigid, rule-bound Peranakan community, W!LD RICE's electrifying production of Lorca's classic play features three generations of Singapore's best actresses on one stage. Together with celebrated director Glen Goei, they bring to life an internationally-acclaimed adaptation by Singaporean playwright Chay Yew (Porcelain, A Language Of Their Own). Designing The House of Bernarda Alba are Wong Chee Wai (sets), James Tan (lighting) and Ivan Heng (costumes).
"… a theatrically dramatic night out."The Business Times
"… Wild Rice’s The House of Bernarda Alba provides a chilling yet gripping punch and is one of their darkest plays to date. That said, The House of Bernarda Alba has left a deep impression and it would be extremely interesting to see what the production house could come up with next."Lifestyle Asia
"Special mention also to designer Lim Yu-Beng, for creating walls with careful use of light. Indeed, the entire technical team did an excellent job. Production values were uniformly high; no detail was too small. Even the programme booklet was striking. Wild Rice has many years of experience staging world-class performances and House is another feather in its cap. It is a cohesive and powerful production that crosses geographical boundaries and contexts."The Flying Inkpot
"With an experienced cast, The House of Bernarda Alba successfully gives Lorca's version a touch of local flair and brings out the repressive culture of the Peranakan society."Campus Society
"…The House of Bernarda Alba is easily one of the most powerful and moving plays we’ve seen in quite a while – both in dramatic content and execution – and in the hands of the Wild Rice creative team, this 78-year-old play has been vividly brought to life once again in manner which is both relatable and frightfully relevant to a Singapore audience today.
They say the best plays are always timely and relevant, and The House of Bernarda Alba is no different."Buttons in the Bread
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2015 WINNER
- Best Supporting Actress - Jo Kukathas
M1-The Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2015 NOMINATIONS
- Best Set Design - Wong Chee Wai
- Best Lighting Design - Lim Yu-Beng
- Best Costume Design - Ivan Heng
12 - 29 Mar 2014
Drama Centre Theatre, Singapore
CREATIVE & PRODUCTION TEAM
Author Federico García Lorca
Playwright Chay Yew
Director Glen Goei
Music Composer / Arranger Lupus Af Intra
Movement Coaches Khek Ah Hock Aaron & Ix Wong Thien Pau
Set Designer Wong Chee Wai
Lighting Designer Lim Yu-Beng
Sound Designer Jeffrey Yue
Costume Designer Ivan Heng
Hair Designer Ashley Lim
Make-up Design Beno Lim (M.A.C)
Production Manager Koh Bee Bee
Stage Manager Juraidah Rahman
Producer Tony Trickett
Margaret Chan as Maria Josefa
Sharda Harrison as Blanca
Jo Kukathas as Poncia
Claire Wong as Bernarda Alba
Glory Ngim as Adela
Neo Swee Lin as Angustias
Noorlinah Mohamed as Martirio
Karen Tan as Magdalena
Serene Chen as Amelia
Sharon Lim as Prudencia