A group of Year 12 students saw Blood Wedding by Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca. They have been studying the text as part of their AS level and it will form the basis of a speaking examination next year.
The play, which was written in 1932, was performed in English at the Derngate in Northampton. Student Hannah Carr said ‘ We have been studying the play since the start of term. We first went though it in English just to understand what was going on and then went over it in Spanish. I enjoyed it, it was an interesting storyline.’
Drupad Parmar said: ‘When reading as a group it is hard to distinguish sometimes between characters, but onstage it was helpful being able to put names to faces. You could distinguish between the characters and it helped us to understand the storyline more through the onstage action.’
Teacher Mrs Navarro-Marin added: ‘The students are going to be discussing the characters, plot and playwright with the visiting examiner next April. They will talk about their favourite and least favourite scenes, what they thought of the ending, if they would change anything and why. Bodas de Sangra, or Blood Wedding is a very typical, passionate, southern Spanish play with broad themes of masculinity and heroism. It gives students an insight into the literature and culture of another nation in both an immediate and visual medium.’