Essay about The House of Bernarda Alba

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The House of Bernarda Alba

The National theatre

Choose one production that you have seen and which you particularly enjoyed and discuss the aspects which made it so successful?

The House of Bernarda Alba is a tragedy by Lorca which was set in
Spain in the early 1930’s during the Spanish civil war and is about five daughters whose life’s resolve around their mother Bernarda Alba.
The girls are repressed by there mother which could be why he wrote this play, to express his feelings and show through the characters how he felt during life as he was repressed for being gay “better never to lay eyes on a man, never to have seen one’.

I enjoyed ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ as many aspects of the play were successful.

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It also could be there to signify that the girl’s dreams are broken as they are trapped in the house.

The lighting was naturalistic; as it showed the different times of the day and the direction of the lighting. They used yellow lighting which looked like it was shining through the windows to represent a bright, sunny, hot day and grey/blue lighting was used for moonlight when they were eating the meal in the evening. Realism was created through the lighting successfully as you could see gobos representing the shapes of the windows projected on the floor and the light was brighter where the windows were. At one point in the play an unnatural red light effectively was used when a baby dies to symbolize the death, blood and murder. Realistic sound effects such as thunder, people, a clock, a bell, a horse, a dog and a bang also made the play come to life as they were used in the right places at there right time as well as the classical music used to create tension.

The costumes worked well at the start of the play to show what the scene was about when their father has just died and there was a funeral in their house. The characters are all dressed in black dresses and head scarf’s to show they are mourning. After the funeral characters change back into there own clothes. The costumes they change into work in effect to show the period of the piece and they show the accurate personalities of the

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