The House of Bernarda Alba by Frederico Garcia Lorca
"I was delighted to hear that Phoenix was taking the challenge of staging this play. I hoped to see a respect for the Spanish culture of its time, a consideration of the lyricism of the poetic word, symbolism attached to the imagery and buckets full of passion: I wasn't disappointed, the evening was inspiring.
This was a meticulously conceived and developed performance, it was full of stylised movement and ritual and absolutely right for this type of play. I hope you have gathered that I loved it! The pride, passion and dignity of the time and place were crafted with precision throughout the running of the performance and the actors beautifully disciplined to create symbolic effects rather than realistic reactions.
Despite the lack of individuality in costume the daughters separate characters were drawn out well so that their own feelings in this difficult house became clear and we could certainly sympathise with their growing frustrations"
Tricia Stephens-North West Essex Theatre Guild