Following her husband’s funeral, powerful matriarch Bernarda Alba decrees to her five daughters that the household will enter a period
of eight years mourning. The only one it seems will escape this fate is the eldest daughter, Angustias, who is already betrothed to the
village’s most eligible bachelor.
In the strict confines of the house, jealousy and suppressed sexuality rise to the surface. As Bernarda’s oppression of her daughters increases it is more than the girls’ liberty that is in danger.
With Shohreh Aghdashloo leading the cast as Bernarda Alba, one of Lorca’s best-known works is relocated to rural Iran.
Bijan Sheibani has previously directed work at theatres including the Royal Court, Soho Theatre and Young Vic. He is an Associate Director at the National Theatre, where his productions include Our Class and The Kitchen.
Photo D’Andre Michael.