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

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


TSF hope to retour their highly successful Spanish language workshops on Censorship in Lorca's work in schools and venues. Due to Corona Virus this series of Workshops, funded by Durham University, for touring schools in April 2020 has been postponed.

In January 2018, TSF collaborated with Durham University in the delivery of drama-based Spanish language workshops for students studying A Level Spanish.

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
email: m.p.thompson@durham.ac.uk
tel: (0191) 334 3436