The House of Bernarda Alba  
The House of Bernarda Alba

by Federico Garcia Lorca in a new version by Marta Dunphy-Moriel

Directed by Jacqui Marchant-Adams

Evenings at 7.30
Tuesday 20th - Saturday 24th June
Matinée at 3.00
Saturday 24th June

The Tower Theatre performing at the Bridewell Theatre, off Fleet Street

On the day Bernarda Alba buries her second husband, she imposes an 8-year mourning period on her household in accordance with her family tradition. Bernarda has 5 daughters, aged between 20 and 39, whom she has controlled inexorably and prohibited from any form of relationship.

Exchanging the oppressive heat of early twentieth century Southern Spain for the oppressive rain of 1950s England, this brand new translation of Lorca's masterpiece distils the essence of the original play, showing the parallels between 1920s Andalucía and 1950s Sussex while maintaining the emotional drive of Lorca's study of class, grief and - overall - the earthshattering consequences of attempting to repress the human heart.

Photography by Robert Piwko



Cast List

Bernarda Alba : Toñi Madja
Phoebe : Alison Du Cane
Prudence : Landé Belo
Maid : Francesca Wing
Woman 1 : Hindatu Yvonne Comma
Josephine : Niki Mylonas
Deirdre : Su Vigus
Catherine : Leyla Doany
Madeleine : Sara Versi
Amelia : Anna Mallard
Lucy : Isio Esiekpe
Girl : Alania Mann or Steph Siraut

 

Production Team

Director : Jacqui Marchant-Adams
Set Design : Michael Bettell, Lisa Castle & Jude Chalk
Costume Design : Lily Ann Coleman
Lighting Design : Nick Insley
Sound Design : Jacqui Marchant-Adams

Stage Manager : Hindatu Yvonne Comma
Assistant Director : Marta Dunphy-Moriel
Assistant Stage Manager : Steph Siraut
Lighting Operator : Tom Adams
Sound Operator : Ian Green
Set Construction and Get-in : Keith Syrett, Jude Chalk, Lisa Castle, Max Batty, Michael Bettell, John McSpadyen, Phillip Ley



Born in Equatorial Guinea, Toñi Madja moved to Spain at a very young age. Her interest for other cultures took her later on to France, and finally to London. Having discovered acting while taking a short course at City Lit, she successfully completed their Foundation and Access courses. Stage credits include A Dancer's Journey, as part of a flamenco ensemble (Morley College); and Judgement Day, playing a male Public Prosecutor (John Lyons Theatre). Film includes Kamsa (Mom), Venison (Nurse Mary), Zeitlos (Traveller) and the Web Series Shrink (Dr. Okafor Williams). Toñi is currently teaching Spanish at a local primary school, and is particularly enjoying continuing to mix Spanish and English after work. She hopes her next play allows her to also flex her French-speaking muscles!
 
This is Alison Du Cane's first production with the Tower. She has acted and directed with The Ladbroke Players (in Notting Hill) for many years. Acting roles include Nora (A Doll's House), Hannah (Arcadia), Judith Bliss (Hay Fever), Liz Morden (Our Country's Good), Titania (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Elvira (Blithe Spirit), Maria (When We Are Married), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth), Pat (Separate Tables), Mrs Erlynne (Lady Windermere's Fan) and Liz (Present Laughter). She has directed Pygmalion, The Accrington Pals, Separate Tables, Lady Windermere's Fan, Harlequinade, Present Laughter, Hindle Wakes, A Woman of No Importance and The Winslow Boy. When not acting, Alison enjoys throwing herself in a river or the sea for some open water swimming, or even spending time with her family! (They think she'd rather be rehearsing).
Landé Belo has performed with various theatre companies in London, Paris and Montpellier. Previous roles include Estelle in Huis Clos, Clotilde in Clotilde du Nord, Judas in Une Forte Odeur de Pomme, Fay in A Chorus Of Disapproval and Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Tower, she played Francine/Lena in Clybourne Park and multiple roles in Doctor Faustus.
 
This is Francesca Wing's second production with the Tower, following December 2016's Sherlock Holmes. Previous credits include playing Lysistrata in the original ancient Greek, an experience which still occasionally causes her to wake up in a cold sweat. Francesca graduated from King's College London with a BA in Classical Studies and an MA in Shakespeare Studies, both of which have proved extremely useful in her current career with the quarrying industry.
Niki Mylonas trained at the late Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and has worked on TV, Film, Video, Stage and Radio. She is an author of non-fiction, a playwright and producer, abridger/adaptor/editor of Shakespeare plays, director and lead actor at Classical Radio Drama a company she founded in 2012. Most recent stage credits include: Nurse in Romeo and Juliet which toured to Paris in 2016, Duchess in Doctor Faustus, Lady Macbeth and Third Witch in Macbeth for Classical Radio Drama, Mrs Shliefke in Her Naked Skin at the Network Theatre, Kate in Brighton Beach Memoirs for BLT, Queen Anne in Brandy with Creative Curve Productions for which she won best actress award, Verity in the world premiere of She Wears Scented Rose with Razor Sharp Productions and Anfisa in Three Sisters for Vox Humana Theatre Productions at the Arts Theatre West End. The House of Bernarda Alba is Niki's tenth project with the Tower Theatre Company.
 
This is Su Vigus' second production with the Tower Theatre, having played Agnes in Dancing at Lughnasa in 2013. Recent roles with other companies have included the Stepdaughter in Six Characters in Search of an Author (Incognito Theatre), the Plane Hero in There has possibly been an Incident (KDC) and a multitude of small roles in Julius Caesar (Network Theatre). Su also has Musical Director/Composer credits for Bazaar and Rummage (Network Theatre) and Murder in the Cathedral (CP Theatre Productions).
Leyla Doany's acting highlights include playing a 70-year-old woman in a 4-star sell-out show at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing in over 20 productions during her 4-year MA English Literature degree at the University of Edinburgh, and playing four characters of varying ages and genders for KDC's The Good Person of Szechwan in November 2016. When she's not acting, she can be found working as a media analyst specializing in breaking news.
 
Sara Versi trained at Identity Drama School, MN Academy and Pegasus Youth Theatre. Various student and indie screen parts and theatre productions as part of Pegasus Youth Theatre. She is currently working in childcare by day.
Anna Mallard trained in Acting and Musical Theatre at Hertfordshire Theatre School. Theatre credits include : Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Cat's Grin Theatre), A Christmas Carol (UK Tour), Cinderella (Groundlings Theatre), The Comedy of Errors (The Rose Playhouse), The Importance of Being Earnest (Brighton and Stratford-Upon-Avon Fringe), Toy Guns and Love Hearts (The Vaults Theatre) and The Wizard of Oz (Trinity Theatre). Voice over includes : A Midsummer Night's Dream (Classical Radio Drama). Anna is also a classically trained singer.
 
Isio Esiekpe is making her debut appearance with the Tower. She is an alumni of the Identity School of Acting in London and has had roles in short films.
This is Alania Mann's first performance with the Tower Theatre. Alania was born in London and moved to Kenya for two years with her family. Whilst there, she performed in a number of school performances and trained to sing with the New Creation International Gospel Choir (Nakuru, Kenya). After returning to the UK, Alania followed her passion for singing and acting by becoming an active member of the Elim church gospel choir (Harlesden), acting in her school's production of School of Rock, and has performed vocal lead in Ivy Channel's UK touring gospel choir. Alania would like to acknowledge her family, Mr. Baker (Drama teacher), Mr. L. Larbie and The Ivy Channel, for their encouragement.
 
This is Hindatu Yvonne Comma's second production with the Tower Theatre, having been a sound operator on Frozen. Hindatu studied at the University of West London graduating with a BA in Digital Media Production. She worked as a camerawoman filming for the Roundtable production company, before going on to direct on independent film projects and produced foley for the film King Kong (2005). Hindatu works as an interior designer by day and by night is a budding author, writing scripts and novels.
For the Tower, Jacqui Marchant-Adams has directed Frozen and Major Barbara, and assistant directed Don Juan in Soho. She has also directed Measure for Measure and part of a portmanteau production of Dickens' Ghost Story adaptations for KDC Theatre, and Man of Destiny, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and Autobahn for SEDOS. Jacqui spends her days working as a VFX Coordinator in Soho, and most of her evenings with her eighteen-month-old and Peppa Pig episodes on a loop ...