Yerma by Federico Garcia Lorca: Planning the Play

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What type of performance space would you choose to stage the extract you were given from the extract you were given from ‘Yerma’? How would you use set and lighting in this space to communicate the play’s themes to an audience. Yerma is a play written by Frederico Garcia Lorca, and is set in the 1930s in rural Spain. Yerma has been married for three years and has a desperate need to have children, an idea which her husband, Juan, is against and Yerma becomes the talk of the village. There are a few main themes which Lorca has tried to portray throughout the play which sets the mood throughout the play. One of the main themes that are present throughout the play is the theme of isolation because Yerma feels isolated from the other women in her village who have already had children whereas she has not been able to have. This is shown in the meeting between her and her sister Maria. “MARIA: It’s...well it’s happened! YERMA: After only five months?”. This is in consideration to the fact that Yerma has been married for “twenty four months”. Through this we see another theme which is present in the play, Jealousy. The theme of Frustration is presented through Yerma as she is frustrated from the constant gossip about her from other women, her dull marriage with Juan and the fact that he doesn’t want to and can’t have children her dull marriage with Juan and the fact that he doesn’t want to and can’t have children. “YERMA (dropping her voice): What you know. Why am I childless? Must I spend the rest of my life feeding chickens and hanging neat little curtains in the windows? Tell me what to do and I’ll do it even if I have to stick pins in my eyeballs.” Here we can see how passionate Yerma is to have children, thus highlighting another theme, passion. Another theme is nature, since each act is in different seasons “The lighting changes to a sunny morning in springtime”.

At First I felt the stage should be set in an ‘in the round’ layout but transitioning between the...
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