Lorca: A Theatre Beneath the Sand

Celebrating the works of the playwright and poet, Federico García Lorca, Enebro Teatro have brought together select pieces to create an altogether unique play. Lorca: A Theatre Beneath the Sand is a surreal look and the fleeting and fickle nature of love. A piece of theatre that questions where the boundaries of audience and performer truly lie; in a wild mix of dialogue, dance and physical theatre.

An all together different kind of Fringe show

For fans of this avant garde poet, this play is a good blend of the themes and prose produced by Lorca. For those not familiar with his work, the themes of theatre, the view of the audience and love with the bias of gender still shine through. The works of Lorca are incredibly poignant, bring futurism to Spanish literature during a time of political discontent. Both David Pereira and Daniel Miguelañez act and move their way through this piece with power and poise; bringing the spirit of this innovative show to life.

The play itself weaves through scenes both on and off the stage’ swtiching from candid snippets of ‘rehearsal’ to recitals of Lorca’s work. Varying from the comedic to the philosophical, the audience are treated to cabaret, acrobatics and tender moments between the actors, as the play unfolds. The connection between Pereira and Miguelañez is electric. The initial exhange illustrates a struggle for power, with both actors switching from submissive to defiant continously. This power shift continues throughout and creates a wonderful dynamic to watch on stage. The set, sound and lighting, whilst simplistic, captured the emotion of this play well. Darkneess and light are wielded well in this production, emphasising the light and dark of the performance beautifully.

Lorca: A Theatre Beneath the Sand is an all together different kind of Fringe show. The play provides a challenge to how we perceive theatre, whilst delivering a solid, well polished performance. Some background knowledge of Lorca would be advantageous but not essential to enjoy this fully; it may not be for the faint hearted, average Fringe-goer. If you’re looking for something different, honest and challenging, make your way to see this.

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The Blurb

Two young drama school students play a surrealist game of poetry and acrobatics exploring the passionate world of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca including one of his best and least known plays, The Public.

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