A young woman (Billie Piper) is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece by Simon Stone. He has stripped it of washerwomen, shepherds, poetic effusions. He has transplanted the action from rural Spain to present-day London, and made its heroine a lifestyle journalist and blogger. He shows the yearning of the central figure, the pressure that builds up around her, and the desperation that engulfs her, as utterly contemporary.
Billie Piper was described by the Guardian as “earth-quaking” in the title role as she moves from twinkling with arch knowingness to banshee fury and druggy dislocation. The performance won her the Evening Standard Best Actress Award.
“stunning, searing, unmissable” Mail on Sunday
“Billie Piper makes a shattering Yerma in Simon Stone’s inspired reworking of Lorca” The Observer