fotolabarraca1Today we dedicate this podcast to the memory of Federico García Lorca.

On the 19th August 1936, Federico García Lorca, along with two other men, was shot by the Fascist troops. His poetry was beautiful, emotive and challenging. His dramatic works were innovative and unapologetic.

I don’t usually hear the words “Lorca” and “ground-breaking” in the same sentence. Maybe that’s because he’s best known for his three tragedies, which, setting aside his poetic language and strong women characters, were pretty traditional in structure and form. It’s when you consider those less popular plays, the three “impossible comedies”, through which he’d found his “true purpose”, that you realise he really had a lot to offer the world of theatre by playing with language, content and style.

Pilar Orti hosts this podcast, focusing on Lorca’s vision of theatre, his early work “The Butterfly’s Evil Spell” and one of his most surreal works, “When Five Years Pass”.

This Federico Garcia Lorca special also enjoys the contributions of Caroline Angus-Baker, who talks about the poet’s early works; María Ferrara, who talks about Lorca’s language, mainly in the three “royal tragedies”; and Paul Reid, the Gazpacho Monk, who gives us his own homage to one of Spain’s greatest exports. And if you would like a poster of Garcia Lorca, check out the Gazpacho Monk’s site. Also, thanks to my cousin Tomás por providing the music for the podcast, again and thank to Carol Byrne for the image of The Barraca van.

Image of Federico Garcia Lorca with gesture03.19 Summary of the podcast.
04.44 Lorca’s poetry for children.
07.20 Caroline Angus-Baker reviews Lorca’s Impresiones y Paisajes.11.25 The influence of New York on Lorca’s work.
16.20 Federico García Lorca on theatre.
20.30 Lorca and “La Barraca” and more on Lorca on theatre.
25.00 María Ferrara talks about the language in Lorca’s plays.
29.20 Lorca’s portrayal of women.
31.53 The Butterfly’s Evil Spell. (El maleficio de la mariposa.)
41.12 When Five Years Pass  (Así que pasen cinco años) and The Public (El público).
53.48 Gazpacho Monk remembers Lorca.
57.00 Epilogue
For more on Lorca, have a look at the chapter “D is for Duende” of “The A to Z of Spanish Culture”.
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