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Salisbury Playhouse premieres new adaptation of Blood Wedding by Barney Norris

Blood Wedding cast
08 January 2020

Salisbury Playhouse is premiering a new adaptation of Federico Lorca’s Blood Wedding, retold by Salisbury playwright Barney Norris, commissioned and produced by Wiltshire Creative and Up In Arms. The new adaptation is set in present-day Wiltshire and runs from 6-22 February 2020.

Jeff Rawle (The Durrells, Hollyoaks and Drop the Dead Donkey) and Teresa Banham (Mary Wilson in The Crown, Netflix) lead the cast with Wiltshire Creative Stage 65 Youth Theatre alumnus Reece Evans (Peer Gynt, Salisbury Playhouse) playing Rob, the young groom.

Lily Nichol (Maydays, RSC) plays Georgie, Rob’s fiancée. The cast is completed by Emmet Byrne (Misfits, Dublin Theatre Festival) playing Lee, Georgie’s ex, and Eleanor Henderson (The New Romantic, Vault Festival) playing Danni, Lee’s wife.

Barney Norris’s explosive retelling of Lorca’s classic tragedy sets the action firmly in a modern-day Wiltshire community that’s rocked by revelations and gossip as a young couple prepare for their wedding. Barney’s previous plays include Echo’s End and The Remains of the Day at Salisbury Playhouse.

Barney Norris said: “I’ve always been interested in the possibilities of setting existing, well-known stories in a Wiltshire landscape. Blood Wedding is a fable about the hidden wildness of the world, the power of love and longing, the suffering of women, the ineluctable pull of fate.”

Blood Wedding is directed by Alice Hamilton and designed by James Perkins. Lighting designer is Johanna Town and sound and music is by Harry Blake.

Barney and Alice will be taking part in a number of workshops about playwriting during the run of Blood Wedding.

To coincide with Blood Wedding at Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre will host a solo exhibition by Cornwall-based artist Nicola Bealing, Three Acts and Seven Scenes, which responds to Lorca’s Blood Wedding. Several of Nicola’s works were recently acquired by the British Museum for its permanent collection.

Up in Arms is supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan

Blood Wedding is supported by Wiltshire Creative’s Commissioning Circle

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Notes to Editors:

Salisbury Playhouse is part of Wiltshire Creative, which incorporates Salisbury Playhouse, Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury International Arts Festival.

Salisbury Playhouse is one of Britain’s leading producing theatres, with a national reputation for home-grown work of the highest quality that attracts audiences from across Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.

Up In Arms is a multi-award-winning touring theatre company from the south-west of England. It tells stories about people and the places they’re from

Up In Arms has presented work in theatres, woods and village halls across the UK, in co-production or in association with Arcola Theatre, The Bush Theatre, Orange Tree Theatre, Out of Joint Theatre Company, Wiltshire Creative, Farnham Maltings, The North Wall Arts Centre and Reading Rep.

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