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Pasionaria's speech on the Southbank

Below is a link to a 6-minute video of Anglo-Spanish actor Yolanda Vázquez reading the legendary speech by Spanish Republican leader Dolores Ibárruri (La Pasionaria), which was delivered nearly 80 years ago to the farewell parade of the International Brigades in Barcelona on 28 October 1938. 


Yolanda’s version of the speech – in Spanish and English – was recorded at the IBMT’s annual commemoration on London’s Southbank on 7 July.


Yolanda Vázquez played La Pasionaria on stage in 1986 at the Sheffield Crucible Theatre’s production of ‘The Running of the Bulls’. Her screen credits include the film ‘Notting Hill’, about that part of London where she was brought up in the large Spanish immigrant community there, and she has acted with the Royal Shakespeare Company and performed, among many other places, at the National and Globe Theatres. Last year she was a narrator in a special programme on BBC Radio 3 reading extracts of writings from the Spanish Civil War.


To see and hear Yolanda reciting La Pasionaria’s speech, go to:

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Posted on 13 July 2018.