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Q&A with Blood Wedding director and adaptor George Richmond-Scott

Blood Wedding director and adaptor George Richmond-Scott
Blood Wedding director and adaptor George Richmond-Scott

The associate director of West End hit Everybody’s Talking About Jamie, George Richmond-Scott, is presenting a contemporary adaptation of celebrated Spanish dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1932 masterpiece Blood Wedding, a classic account of familial conflict and fated love at Omnibus Theatre from Tuesday 4th to Sunday 23rd September 2018.

This is George’s first solo project and he has pulled together a strong team of cast and creatives. This contemporary adaptation, written by him is set in the heart of London’s Spanish community and is told through a new lens from the mother’s viewpoint, exploring the power of community and cultural divisions.

Celebrated Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s 1932 folk tragedy is deftly pulled into sharp focus in this dark, seductive and urban re-imagining, and opens Omnibus Theatre’s Autumn/Winter 2018 season.

LondonTheatre1 Q&A with George Richmond-Scott

Q: Firstly, what piqued your interest in Blood Wedding?
George: I fell in love with Lorca’s work when I was 16 years old and first encountered his plays at college. We studied Blood Wedding, which I saw at the National Student Drama Festival. The first thing I ever directed was The House of Bernada Alba a year later. I love the fact that it is based on a real-life story he read in a newspaper and then transformed into a play, which we are now transforming again.

Q: Written as a book in 1932 – how have you made this into a contemporary piece on stage?
George: There is something urgent and primal in Lorca that speaks to a deep part of the human condition regardless of where and when the story is set. He read a lot of Greek plays and Blood Wedding has a mythic, timeless quality to it. We have chosen to tell the story in London right now, but all the characters in this version of the story have their roots in Spain. Some feel very at home here while others long to go back. I believe we often have complex, often conflicted feelings about our home nations- and also about adopting a new one- and have tried to let this be part of the play without upstaging the core of Lorca’s story. I hope the location and time will bring the story closer to the audience while the cultural roots of the characters will sustain its integrity and innate Spanishness.

Q: What is at the heart of the story?
George: It’s a story about grief, feeling trapped and how the way we express our desires is shaped by our environment. Lorca biographer Ian Gibson states: ‘Lorca’s best work puts us in touch with our emotions and reminds us forcefully that we are an integral part of Nature.’

Q: Who might find Blood Wedding of particular interest?
George: People who love classics re-imagined, fans of Spanish literature and of course Lorca. I hope people will be as drawn into the story as I was when I first encountered it and fascinated by the strangeness of the style in which it is told. I’d love audiences to feel a connection towards the central characters and their dilemmas- many of them feel trapped by life (and their loved ones), some try to find an escape. I’m sure the extraordinary original music our talented composer Camilla Mathias has made will touch people and remain with them. I can’t wait to get in the room with the actors and Patricia Suarez, our movement director, to breathe life into the characters and create a strongly physical, hyperreal take on our world for the stage.

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Lorca’s classic tragedy of familial conflict and fated love is reimagined for modern-day London. This contemporary adaptation of passion and vendetta explosively blends grit, fate and claustrophobia, with a streak of dark humour.

Told in a bold physical style with original live music and movement, the play also explores cultural divisions and the power of community.

Truth and oil always come to the surface…

Listings information
Dates: Tue 4 – Sun 23 September 2018, 7.30pm, Sundays 4pm (excl Mon)
For ages 12+

Omnibus Theatre, 1 Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 0LH.
Box Office: Tel: 020 7498 0544
www.omnibus-clapham.org

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