Misfit Souls in ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ | Sunday Observer

Misfit Souls in ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’

27 January, 2019

Federico Garcia Lorca’s ‘The House Of Bernarda Alba’, a tragedy of the women in the villages of Spain in the 1930s (at the time of the Spanish civil war) was brought to the stage by ‘Misfit Souls’, the past drama students of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya Galle and Sacred Heart Convent Galle at the Main hall of Sanghamitta Balika Vidyalaya recently. ‘Misfit Souls’ is a non-profit drama circle formed by students who were into drama in school and actively into theatre as young actresses obsessed with theatre, so as to keep showcasing their talents to a broader audience.

‘The House of Bernarda Alba' was their maiden performance as a first step to their collaborative effort to reawaken interest in English Theatre, in Galle.

‘Misfit Souls’ gave the play a newer shade and colour by making it much more musical and entertaining by blending in their dancing and singing talents.

‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ is a play that has a dark, tragic and mournful story that could still capture the hearts of numerous theatre-goers for its potency to present the (then) authentic slice of Spanish society where women were only inhumanely suppressed, confined and were forced to repress their desires. They were only considered to be suitors for marriage if they had the power of wealth.

The drama conveys the tension of the dictatorship of Bernarda and the restlessness, secrecy, heat and hatred of her five daughters and her old mother towards to one another, being the victims of Bernarda’s tyranny. Although it is a tragedy, ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’ is one of the most loved and celebrated pieces of theatre in the G.C.E. Advanced Level English Literature syllabus. The young ladies from ‘Misfit Souls’ were more like a precursor to Sri Lankan theatre in the years to come.