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Olives and Blood (SOMBRA de un POETA en la OLIVAR) at Brixton East

Louis Labovitch1936. The  Spanish Civil War. One of Spain’s greatest playwrights – Federico García Lorca – is assassinated. His body was never found…But someone must know something…

One man bragged of his involvement that night. A man who hoped that five bullets, one dark hillside and thirty years of banned work would have the power to silence Lorca’s voice. But his voice lived on. And the silencer becomes the silenced.

Federico García Lorca was a Spanish poet, dramatist and theatre director. His fame was born out of his phenomenally successful plays Blood Wedding The House of Bernarda Alba and Yerma and he has been proclaimed “the nearest thing to a pure genius,” not only by noted historians but also other figures such as H.G. Wells and Rudyard Kipling.

CAST: Lorca – Louis Labovitch, Trescante – Charlie Kerson, Francisco/Antonio/Ignacio Sam Churchill, Eduardo/Alonso – Mark Byles, Juan / Galindo – Tom Osborne, The Actress / Madame Xirgu- Alice Pitt-Carter, Soledad – Melissa – Kelly Franklin.

Direction / Set Design – Prav MJ, Playwright – Michael Bradford, Dramaturg – Jaz Dorsey, Costume & Puppet Design – Drika Raposo Mattos, Composer – Maria Camahort, Singer – Lina Leon,  Sound & AV Design – Alexandra Braithwaite, Lighting Design – Gareth Prentice, Tech Stage Manager – David Putnam, Assistant to Director – Andrew McRobb, Web Design and PR – Kathryn Gardner @Katalyst PR, Flyer Design – Reinhold Mahler.

Michael Bradford – Writer
Michael is an Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts and Director of Theatre Studies at the University of Connecticut and has written many plays that have been produced in New York.  He became involved in Lorca whilst researching his work as part of his teaching and determined he was intensely absorbed by Lorca’s poetic voice and his ability to instill his enhanced, beautifully shaped language throughout the wide range of genres he explored.

“The fact that he was murdered so young seemed like a crime beyond the obvious. I imagined the beautiful work we were deprived of because of those men who stood so casually on that hillside in Viznar in 1936 and murdered the poet. All of this compelled me to know more about Garcia Lorca’s actual life and death.”

The Venue
Prav MJ – Director
Prav created Liminal Space Theatre company on 2010 as a platform for new writers and performers and was introduced to Michael through the African American Playwrights Exchange (AAPEX) founded by the play’s dramaturge Jaz Dorsey. She staged a reading of Olives and Blood, at Caravanserai Studios, London, UK (December 2010) and has been looking for the perfect space to stage a run ever since. Finally she has discovered it in Brixton East.

Brixton East is an exciting new theatre space just 5 minutes walk from Brixton Tube Station. At one time it was an old furniture warehouse the space has been lovingly restored to a bright immersive space whilst retaining it’s original character and charm.

This performance of OLIVES AND BLOOD will be the first full production to be staged in the space. It seemed the perfect place to stage such an involved and intimate play and the ideal play to launch what will hopefully go on to be a leading theatrical venue.

Olives and Blood is showing from 23rd October to 10th November 2013

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