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Blood Wedding

Retold by Barney Norris A Wiltshire Creative and Up In Arms production 14+
6 - 22 February 2020 In the Main House at Salisbury Playhouse
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Thursday 6 – Saturday 22 February 2020 at 7.30pm
Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.15pm



A Wiltshire village, today. Rob and his fiancée Georgie are checking out the village hall for their wedding reception, but Rob’s mum wonders if they're rushing into things. Just as they begin to talk her round, a figure from Georgie’s past appears and threatens to shatter their plans. Very soon, Georgie is questioning who really is the love of her life.

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

A brilliant cast includes Jeff Rawle (The Durrells, Hollyoaks and Drop the Dead Donkey) and Teresa Banham (Mrs Wilson in The Crown, Netflix), joined by Wiltshire Creative Stage 65 Youth Theatre alumnus Reece Evans (Peer Gynt, Salisbury Playhouse).

The cast also includes Lily Nichol (Maydays, RSC), Emmet Byrne (Misfits, Dublin Theatre Festival) and Eleanor Henderson (The New Romantic, Vault Festival).


"Has an emotional pull that confirms Norris as a writer to watch" The Guardian on Echo's End (2017)



See the further information tab below for TALKS, WORKSHOPS and BEHIND THE SCENES.


Recommended age 14+ (contains some strong language)


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Up in Arms are supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan

Generously supported by The Commissioning Circle. Generously supported by Wiltshire Creative's Commissioning Circle.



27 January - 28 March
Don't miss Cornwall-based artist Nicola Bealing's exhibition Three Acts and Seven Scenes, a response to Lorca's Blood Wedding at Salisbury Arts Centre.
More info


Running time 2 hours 10 minutes including an interval

Booking Details

Tickets £30 - £13

Members 10% discount: first 5 nights

Post Show Talk Tuesday 18 February

Access Performances


Captioned Performance 
Captioned performance Wednesday 19 February 2020 at 7.30pm
(speech is relayed live onto a screen, similar to television subtitles and ideal for those who may find it difficult hearing every word)


Audio Described 
Audio Description & Touch Tour Thursday 20 February at 2.15pm & 7.30pm
(a live narrator describes the action on stage between the dialogue, via headphones)
Touch Tours (accompanying audio described performances, designed for blind or partially sighted audience members) the touch tours will start 90 minutes before the performance time


British Sign Language performance Friday 21 February at 7.30pm
​(an interpreter stands at the side of the stage)

Cast & Creatives


Blood Wedding cast


Creative Team

Adapted by Barney Norris

Director Alice Hamilton

Designer James Perkins

Lighting Designer Johanna Town

Sound & Music Harry Blake

Assistant Director Ben Prusiner

Further Information


BLOOD WEDDING director Alice Hamilton and designer James Perkins visited Edington, where Barney Norris has set his version of the play - here's a short film we made on the day.​


Playwright and author Barney Norris has adapted Federico Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING and set his version in the present day in the Wiltshire village of Edington. Here Barney talks about the play and explains how he's translated the story to rural Wiltshire.​




Playwriting with Barney Norris

A unique opportunity for local writers to engage with professional playwright Barney Norris.



Setting up a Company with Barney Norris and Alice Hamilton

If you are an emerging company, or intrigued by the process, join Barney Norris and Alice Hamilton who will discuss setting up and running their theatre company, Up In Arms.


Developing a Play with Barney Norris

From research, to dialogue, to character profiles, Barney Norris will share his process when developing a play.