Current Issue #488


Dates 8–23 November 2019
Time 12:00 am – 11:59 pm
Venue Rumpus Theatre Directions
Cost $22 – $28
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Yerma and Juan love each other. Deeply. The married couple spend their days gossiping about work colleagues, debating home renovations and inventing secret handshakes. But beneath this veneer of everyday domesticity, a disquieting tensity pervades from what is left unspoken. Yerma, a 40 year old Muslim woman, is desperate to have a child. Juan isn’t. Neither is able to talk about it.

Yerma’s faith crumbles as the possibility of a childless future looms, whilst Juan scrambles to preserve the pieces of their relationship. Holly Brindley has poured the ingredients of Lorca’s Yerma into a 2019 Thermomix, exploring what might happen to the couple under the myriad contemporary pressures surrounding marriage and family today, asking: what happens when our desires equally pull and propel us from the ones we love?

Creative Team
Playwright – Holly Brindley
Original Playwright – Federico Garcia Lorca
Director – Nescha Jelk
Assistant Director – Alira McKenzie Williams
Stage Manager – Françoise Piron
Set, costume and LX Designer – Meg Wilson
Sound Designer – Sascha Budimski
Producer – Lisa Harper Campbell
Marketing & Publicity – Caitlin Ellen Moore
Performer – Yasmin Gurreeboo
Performer – Nick Bennett

This project has been funded by Arts South Australia, Match Lab and significant in kind support from ActNow Theatre. Foul Play would like to thank all the generous supporters who donated to their ACF crowdfunding campaign.

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