In this tale of love, betrayal, violence, murder and forgiveness set in a tightly knit community, the playwrights Gabriela Preissová (1862–1946) and Timberlake Wertenbaker chart the conflict between life and honour, pride and love.
Její pastorkyňa (Her Stepdaughter) by Gabriela Preissová caused a scandal in Prague where it was first performed in the1890’s. It won a worldwide acclaim as JENUFA, an opera by Leoš Janáček, but has never been seen in Britain as a play.
Multi-Award winning writer Timberlake Wertenbaker’s other plays include: Our Country’s Good, The Love of the Nightingale, Three Birds Alighting on a Field and Credible Witness. For the last 7 years Christopher Sivertsen has been a key member of Song of the Goat Theatre Company, last seen at the Barbican Centre and at the RSC.
Would you like to make comments and give feedback on the play or learn about the rehearsal process? Well lucky you, Timberlake has her very own blog here: http://jenufa.wordpress.com
Supported by the Unity Theatre TrustBy Gabriela Preissová, Adapted by Timberlake Wertenbaker
Natural Perspective Theatre Company
‘Fresh, fascinating insight into the subjugation of 19th century young women at the hands of male sexuality and power’ Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard
‘The hypnotic, throaty folk chants are dazzling’ Time Out
’Irina Brown’s impressive production… a powerful sense of a closed community’ **** Michael Billington, GuardianIt is the debut production by the Natural Perspective Theatre Company.