A NEW adaptation of Federico Lorca’s Blood Wedding is being retold by local playwright Barney Norris at Salisbury Playhouse.

The production, which runs in the Main House from Thursday, February 6, has been commissioned and produced by Wiltshire Creative and Up In Arms.

Barney Norris’s retelling of Lorca’s classic tragedy sets the action in a modern-day Wiltshire community that is rocked by revelations and gossip as a young couple prepare for their wedding. Barney’s previous plays include Echo’s End and The Remains of the Day at Salisbury Playhouse.

On what audiences can expect, Barney said: “It is hopefully a dramatic, funny, and moving love story about a girl who gets to the altar and knows for certain that she is saying ‘I do’ to the wrong bloke.

“It is also a story about how our ordinary little lives are actually epic.”

He added: “What I hope is that there is a degree of recognition in the audience of a social world that is them.”

Barney continues: “Under the surface of all this there is a very simple story, almost like a soap, that is just about people trying their best to be happy in an environment that makes that very difficult for them.

“That is so lovely and the kind of stories that matter most to me and a lot of people. We have tried to excavate a simple story about how difficult it is to be happy if you’re not born wealthy or with life all set up for you.”

Barney says it went through “several translations” to become the play it is today.

The original was written in the 1930s but Barney says it has got this “timeless feel” to it.

Jeff Rawle (The Durrells, Hollyoaks and Drop the Dead Donkey) and Teresa Banham (Mary Wilson in The Crown, Netflix) lead the cast with Wiltshire Creative Stage 65 Youth Theatre alumnus Reece Evans (Peer Gynt, Salisbury Playhouse) playing Rob, the young groom.

Lily Nichol (Maydays, RSC) plays Georgie, Rob’s fiancée. The cast is completed by Emmet Byrne (Misfits, Dublin Theatre Festival) playing Lee, Georgie’s ex, and Eleanor Henderson (The New Romantic, Vault Festival) playing Danni, Lee’s wife.

Blood Wedding is directed by Alice Hamilton. Barney and Alice will be taking part in a number of workshops about playwriting during the show’s run.

And to coincide with Blood Wedding, Salisbury Arts Centre will host a solo exhibition by artist Nicola Bealing, Three Acts and Seven Scenes, which responds to Lorca’s Blood Wedding.

Blood Wedding is supported by Wiltshire Creative’s Commissioning Circle

Tickets available at wiltshirecreative.co.uk or by calling 01722 320333.