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The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and the complete text, uncluttered with footnotes. The translations, by leading experts in the field, are accurate and above all actable. The editions of English-language plays include a glossary of unusual words and phrases to aid understanding. Yerma tells the tale of an impassioned childless woman living with her husband in rural Spain. Tortured by her incessant longing to conceive a child, she is driven by madness to commit a heinous crime. This edition, translated and introduced by Jo Clifford, also contains a chronology and suggestions for further reading.
With Iván Angelusz, Olga Antal, Péter Blaskó, Klári Bodza.
Yerma is a 1984 Hungarian drama film directed by Imre Gyöngyössy and Barna Kabay, based on the play of the same name written by Federico García Lorca.The film was selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 57th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
Yerma deals with the themes of isolation, passion and frustration, but also the underlying theme of nature, marriage, jealousy and friendship. Social conventions of the period also play a large part in the play's plot.
With Edmonda Aldini, Franco Citti, Valeria D'Obici, Sara Di Nepi.
Billie Piper discusses Yerma with Jane Garvey and Jenni Murray on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour "A modern woman who is suddenly suffocated and strangled by her ticking clock" Billie Piper and Simon Stone talk to the BBC about Yerma at the Young Vic "This is a Greek tragedy" Simon Stone discusses re-inventing Lorca's Yerma for our times - The Guardian. Captioned performance 24 Aug, 7.30pm.