A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece, ‘Yerma’.
‘Yerma’ tells the story of a woman driven to a horrific crime due to a childless life. Living in rural Spain, she lives in a time where motherhood is expected. However, when she finds herself incapable of motherhood, Yerma is forced to take what others in her society would deem as drastic measures.
Spoiler alert: The ending has left many critics speculating as to whether Yerma kills her husband due to his money obsessed ways and lack of desire to father children. The deed happens at a hermitage site iconic with the religious references to fertility. The play remains enigmatic as to whether her husband would have changed his opinion on fatherhood.
Australian film and theatre director, Simon Stone has been hailed by critics for transforming this timeless classic based in rural Spain to up-to-date in contemporary London.
Stone founded the independent theatre group, The Hayloft Project, in 2007 and has won various awards for his works with the company since. Stone directed and crafted his own version of Seneca’s ‘Thyestes’ with The Hayloft Project winning the Green Room Awards for Best Production, Best Adaptation and Best Ensemble. Stone also won the Helpmann award for Best Play after writing and directing ‘The Wild Duck’.
Billie Piper (who plays Yerma) has received excellent reviews from critics, with The Independent describing her performance as ‘powerful’ alongside Brendan Cowell who plays ‘John’, Yerma’s husband.
The Sunday Express described Piper’s performance as ‘reprising her multi-award winning role’. Piper previously performed in this role in 2016 at the Young Vic theatre which, due to high demand, will continue for a short run in the summer.
‘Yerma’ will be performed at ARC, Stockton on Thursday 31st August with prices ranging between £12.00-£14.00. Tickets are available from arconline.co.uk.