This month’s National Theatre Live screening at the Regal Camana Bay on Sept. 23 features the heart wrenching portrayal of a woman who cannot have the one thing she truly wants. Actress Billie Piper plays the lead in a modern production of the original play, written by Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca.
A young woman is driven to the unthinkable by her desperate desire to have a child in Simon Stone’s radical production of Lorca’s achingly powerful masterpiece. Set in contemporary London, Piper’s portrayal of a woman in her thirties desperate to conceive builds with elemental force to a staggering, shocking, climax.
The play was written in 1934 and was first performed in that same year, telling the tale of a childless woman living in rural Spain. “Yerma” translated to English means “barren” or a “wasteland.”
Billie Paul Piper is an English singer, dancer and actress. At the age of 15, she signed a recording contract and released her debut single “Because We Want To,” which debuted at number one in the U.K. and made her the youngest artist ever to debut at number one.
Piper’s transition into acting began in 2004. She played Rose Tyler, companion to The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series “Doctor Who,” and from 2007 until 2011, she starred as the high-flying escort Belle de Jour in the television series “Secret Diary of a Call Girl.” She also starred as Brona Croft/Lily in the Showtime series “Penny Dreadful.”
More recently Piper has taken to the stage. She has starred in five critically acclaimed plays and picked up numerous Best Actress awards, most notably an Olivier Award for her performance in “Yerma.” She went on to pick up a total of six Best Actress awards for that one performance, making it one of the most acclaimed and awarded stage performances in British theater history.