Second Year Edge Hill University Drama Students present
A Season of Plays by Ramón del Valle-Inclán
Ramón Del Valle-Inclán (1866-1936) is regarded in his own country “as the most pioneering Spanish dramatist of (the last) century… (who) anticipates most of the key movements in modern drama. He is notoriously unclassifiable but was both an Expressionist and an Absurdist before the event. He created a genre he called ‘esperpento’ which broadly means grotesque tragi-comedy, and what is fascinating is that he anticipates Beckett, Ionesco, Genet and Arrabal without in any way sacrificing his own radical utopianism. He is one of the seminal figures in modern drama: erotic, anarchic and a Galician poet of the grotesque.” Michael Billington, The Guardian
Possibly the best known and most frequently performed of Valle-Inclán’s plays, Bohemian Lights was not performed in the author’s lifetime because of state censorship. The play is a nocturnal Odyssey through the Demi-monde by a blind poet, Max. In this adaptation the tale is radically relocated from Madrid to “an absurd and brilliant Dublin alive with hunger and strife” on the eve of the Easter Rising.
All three plays employ vulgar and obscene language