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The House of Bernarda Alba


  • Playwright

    Lynne Parker 

  • Adapted / Translated From

    Federico GarcĂ­a Lorca 

  • Author Notes

    A version of the play by Federico Garcia Lorca.

  • Setting

    Somewhere in the middle of Ireland, at some time in the not too distant past.

  • Synopsis

    In the middle of nowhere, during a heatwave, a strange family of women is locked into darkened rooms. They are mourning the death of their father, the last man to have entered the house. One of the rooms contains their grandmother, who their mother says is mad. Every so often she escapes. Mother reckons that eight years of mourning should be enough. By the time that is over, some of them will be old. A man has come looking for a rich wife. One of the daughters is an heiress. All of them want to escape.

  • Play Type


    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    Cast doubling is possible. See original production for details.


Original Cast  
Adela Emma O'Neill (1)
Maria Stella McCusker
Prudence Stella McCusker
Amelia Niamh Linehan
Magdalena Catherine Walsh (1)
Mrs Punch Carol Scanlan
Martirio Andrea Irvine
Servant Ger Ryan
Angustias Ger Ryan
Bernarda Eleanor Methven
Production Team  
Director Lynne Parker
Designer Blaithin Sheerin
Lighting Designer John Comiskey
Administration Assistant Paula Clamp
Production Manager Guy Barriscale
Stage Manager Jackie Doyle
Dialect Coach Brendan Gunn
Administrator Patricia McBride


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Information for this entry was taken from the original production programme, and from the company archive, which is held at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast.