2008 House of Bernarda Alba

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In Lorca’s drama, there are no winners. No one has anything: a mother, who does not have daughters; daughters who have no mother; five sisters who do not have each other. The only exception is Bernarda’s mother, the crazy Maria Josefa, who at least has a baby lamb.

This was our first production solely in English. Preparations lasted many months, and it was the first time the group was performing to such an open and unknown audience. Marta Kaczmark flew to Perth twice during this time to work with the budding actor talents.

The Director was personally most impressed with the skill and commitment of the entirely female cast. The dark and depressing atmosphere of Bernarda’s house, as well as the drama that unfolded, had a noticeable impact on the audience. There was not a dry eye in the hall during the final scene – Adela’s suicide – even though it was not directly visible to the public.

The House of Bernarda Alba was performed four times in October 2008 at Rechabites Hall in Northbridge. Despite the venue’s small capacity, we had over 100 people at each performance, with three performances close sold out. For a theatre group that was largely unknown within the Perth community, this was quite an achievement.

Premiere:                    16 October 2008, Rechabites Hall, Northbridge

Bernarda Ania Niedźwiadek
Maria Josefa Antonina Lewy
Angustias Agata Burak
Magdalena Monika Rosiewicz
Amelia Agata Halladin
Martirio Joanna Wydmańska
Adela Barbara Magnowski
Poncia Małgorzata Burak
Servant Magdalena Halladin
Prudencia Karina Puchalska
Beggar Woman Magdalena Janas
Young Girl Klaudia Sosin
Mourners: Monika Sosin, Ada Magnowska, Mirosława Szczepaniak, Aldona Czubacka
Director, Staging And Props Tomasz Bujakowski
Assistant Director Ania Niedźwiadek
Costumes Danuta Rosiewicz
Acting And Performance Workshop  Marta Zdbicka-Kaczmarek