CONOR BAUM PRESENTS HOMESTEAD BY STEVEN DYKES AT BRIGHTON OPEN AIR THEATRE

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Following the death of their father and governed by their mother’s Primitive Baptist faith, the five  Beckman daughters face a lengthy confinement within the walls of their remote Texan homestead.  The youngest daughter’s passionate defiance of religious convention, however, soon unleashes the  pent-up jealousy and sexual frustration of the whole female household with devastating results. 

Homestead is a thrilling reimagining of Lorca’s masterpiece of desire and betrayal – The House of  Bernarda Alba. A fatal collision of frontier values and post-war dreams. Communal hymns and boys with cars. Church elders and Elvis Presley. 

Conor Baum (Shakespeare’s Globe) directs the UK regional premiere of this extraordinary  reinvention of Lorca’s tragic story of oppression, desire and rebellion in an all-new outdoor  production for Brighton Open Air Theatre’s 10th anniversary season, programmed in partnership  with Brighton Festival.  

Homestead is proudly sponsored by The Theatre Workshop and BN1 Arts and is presented by  special arrangement with Casanovas and Lynch Literary Agency. 

Conor Baum, director and producer, says: “It is an absolute pleasure to return to Brighton Open Air  Theatre to celebrate ten years since the late Adrian Bunting’s extraordinary vision for a an outdoor  theatre in Brighton was realised. Productions as a part of Brighton Open Air Theatre’s first season  allowed me to hone my craft as both a performer and a director. These formative experiences were a  major part of my creative journey and have left an indelible mark on the way I create work for the  stage.  

Homestead is a gut punch of a play; a radical and potent reimagining of Lorca’s classic ‘The House of  Bernarda Alba’. Theatre, I think, has a singular and unique capacity to illuminate the current socio political climate. This is a story about women’s rights as much as it is about women’s wrongs. It asks  profound and consistent questions about agency and power, freedom and control. As we continue to  see the spectre of religious conservatism whittle away the autonomy of women closer to home than we would like, Homestead’s late-1950’s setting feels, at times, horrifyingly close to our own. This is a  gripping drama of devastating poetry, deep pathos, dark humour and revolution.” 

Homestead features an incredibly talented all female and non-binary company of local theatrical  artists – Deborah Kearne (she/her), Sharon Drain (she/her), Madeleine Schofield (she/her), Rachel  Mullock (they/them), Lexi Pickett (they/them), Ava Gypsy (she/her), Roisin Wilde (she/her) and  Rosanna Bini (she/her) and features music specially arranged for the production by Temisis  Conway (she/they) and Martha Pavelich (she/her). 

DATES / TIMES 

Monday 20th May – Doors 6pm / Performance 7pm 

Tuesday 21st May – Doors 6pm / Performance 7pm 

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Wednesday 22nd May – Doors 6pm / Performance 7pm 

Saturday 25th May – Doors 12pm / Performance 1pm 

TICKETS / TICKET PRICES 

https://www.brightonopenairtheatre.co.uk/event/homestead/ 

Full Price £15 

Concession £13.50 

Group of 4 £54

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