This is the theatre adaptation of a book that has fascinated and moved audiences. In fact, the Bookshop Owners of Madrid named it their Book of the Year in 2014 and it was nominated for a Femina award in France.
Fifteen-year-old Mary lives on her family’s farm in rural England in 1830. Her hair is the colour of milk, and she was born with a physical defect in one leg, although she manages to escape her fate within her family when she is sent to work as a maid looking after the vicar’s wife. This gives her the chance to learn to read and write, no longer seeing just “a load of black lines” in books. As she leaves the world of shadows behind, she discovers that the lights can be even more blinding, and so all that Mary has left is the power to tell her story.
The brilliant English writer Nell Leyshon has used tragic beauty to recreate a crushing microcosm, populated with singular characters; all this within a bucolic setting that flows at the pace of the seasons and the farm chores, brought to life with gripping innocence thanks to Mary’s determination to leave a written account of the destiny that befell her, which is impossible for her to refuse.
Day 5 – 19:30 h. Spanich première.
Day 6 – 19:00 h. Spanish performance.
PricesFriends of Arriaga:
Groups, young people, over-65s, unemployed, large families and people with 33%+ disability:
Last minute discount (for above-mentioned groups, except Friends of Arriaga and groups):
Last minute discount for Young Friends of Arriaga:
People with disabilities who use wheelchairs: