‘¡Silencio, silencio he dicho!’: Lorca and censorship


During January 2018, TSF collaborated with Durham University in the delivery of drama-based Spanish language workshops for students studying A Level Spanish. We will retour this project to schools in 2021.

The workshops took place on the following dates:

22 January 2018, London (Streatham & Clapham High School)

26 January, Queen Elizabeth High School,  Hexham

29 January, Gala Theatre, Durham

30 January, London (Queen’s College London)


Bringing together discoveries from Spanish archives with immersion through drama, the workshop aimed to enrich language learning while expanding students’ topic knowledge about the Franco period and offering a new way of engaging with Federico García Lorca’s most celebrated play, La casa de Bernarda Alba.

Dr Michael Thompson of Durham University introduced the topic, explaining how theatre was policed during the dictatorship and what criteria the censors were supposed to apply. Then, to evoke the mood and impact of Lorca’s play, actors from Théâtre Sans Frontières performed in Spanish one of the scenes that alarmed Franco’s censors.

For more information about these workshops, please contact Dr Michael Thompson:

School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham University
tel: (0191) 334 3436


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