Wednesday, 1 July 2015

"Yerma" by Frederico Garcia Lorca
Nottingham Lace Market Theatre
Michael-Craig Darmola directs an amazingly powerful and intense piece of Spanish drama about a young woman who is longing for a child of her own while everyone else in the little Spanish town are raising children of their own. Yerma asks advice of the women of the town and is told to "try harder", but what she doesn't acknowledge is that the fault is not with her but with her selfish husband.
Rosina Reading puts in a passionate performance as Yerma, the "barren" one and she makes you feel the pain behind the longing to be a proper woman who bears children.
Yerma's husband, Juan, is played by Damian Frendo and is the best that I've seen him performance wise. He really makes you feel that you want to do to him what Yerma does at the end. Not giving it away there! Juan is selfish and only sees Yerma as having limited purpose in this one sided marriage.
Everyone involved gives very credible performances and will have you on the edge of your seat with the incredible intensity and passion in this play which only lasts just over 65 minutes.
Yerma is on at the Nottingham Lace Market Theatre until Saturday 4 July 2015 and is one play in Nottingham that I'd really recommend seeing this week.

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