In 1998 the world celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of Federico García Lorca, Spain's greatest modern poet and dramatist. The Lorca Fiesta staged at the Newcastle Playhouse was the biggest centenary event outside Spain, and also the most fun. It included dance, theatre and music, and a conference on the impact of Lorca's life and work.
This volume is the product of that conference and a record of the magic and diversity of the whole Fiesta. The contributors are a stimulating blend of academics, poets and theatre professionals, all responding in a variety of ways to the creative challenges of Lorca's legacy.
Alan Lyddiard and other directors discuss staging Lorca's plays. The celebrated artist and stage designer Frederic Amat talks about his filming of Lorca's surrealist screenplay 'Voyage to the Moon'. Professor Paul Julian Smith of Cambridge University and other academic specialists discuss the continuing vitality of Lorca's poetry, theatre and paintings. Experienced translators talk about the problems and opportunities in translating Lorca's poems and plays, and take up the creative challenge of producing adaptations of a single sonnet, 'Wounds of Love'. There is also a translation of an ode to Lorca by Pablo Neruda and contributions by leading poets Brendan Kennelly, Marryn Williams and John Clifford. The editors of the volume are:
Sebastian Doggart, translator and director of Spanish and Latin American plays and organiser of the Newcastle Lorca Fiesta.
Michael Thompson, lecturer in Spanish at the University of Durham, author of studies on a number of modern Spanish playwrights and co-author of A New History of Spanish Writing, 1939 to the 1990s (Oxford: OUP, 2000).
Available to order from Manchester University Press (digital reprint).