Many Spanish plays of this period are concerned with duty, honour and loyalty and Peribanez is no exception. It is a celebration of peasant culture, showing the moral integrity of the dutiful peasant. Its tale of an overlord, the Commander (David Harewood) who threatens to take as his mistress the beautiful Casilda (Jackie Morrison) wife of a peasant farmer Peribanez (Michael Nardone) after the Commander is gored by a bull and carried to their home.
The play opens at an exhibition where one of the visitors is an actor, Lou (Kiza Deen) who is working on a film, The Ghost Ship, about the painter Joseph Turner and his painting where she plays an African woman Olu.
Adrian Edmondson's chilling and slyly humorous, camp (no, not the concentration camp but a camp manner) commandant is called Grandma because he sits in a corner knitting in the evenings. His real name is unknown. Edmondson's performance, full of easy patter, is sinister and makes you shudder as you laugh, a not entirely comfortable feeling.