WRITTEN BY HENRIK IBSEN
DIRECTED BY STEPHEN LEE
Whitney Richards, and
Subiaco Arts Centre
24 October to 3 November 2010
For many years even to have a copy of this play in one’s home was something akin to pornography.
Contemporary critics were virulent in their attacks:
…An open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged…
Morbid, unhealthy and disgusting…
Nauseating and menacing….
As foul and filthy a concoction as has ever been allowed to disgrace the boards of an English theatre..
The play examines a town’s tribute to a prominent citizen, and his widow’s attempts to come to terms with the real truth of the man’s life.
The present is constantly echoing to ghosts from the past …the ripples, both emotional and physical that cannot be escaped….most vividly in the life-threatening disease that has been passed on to his son.
A moving and challenging play that is still strongly relevant today.
“Stephen Lee’s coherent and appealing production brings a classic to the modern stage with the wise vision to let the original power of the piece speak for itself.” – Artshub, Nerida Dickinson
“Angelique Malcolm as Helene Alving is the definite star of the show. Her presence on stage was enough to bring new meaning to lines spoken by any character. Following Ibsen’s skilled creation of a complex female character, Malcolm’s intelligent humanity in the portrayal brought Mrs Alving to life. Graham Mitchell deployed great timing in his delivery as Pastor Manders. While Mitchell lost some of the lines, he delivered his strait-laced clergyman admirably, with comically flexible facial expressions. David Meadows delivered an entertainingly devious Engstrund, the conniving schemer, with an open, self-consciously honest demeanour.” – Artshub, Nerida Dickinson
“I have seen several versions of this play, but under the direction of Stephen Lee this easily the best production. The brilliant acting showed the full richness of Ibsen’s characters, traits that I had never noticed before suddenly became clear.” – Theatre Australia, Gordon Johnston
“There are some fine performances in this production, notably from David Meadows as the grimy grafter, Jacob Engstrand, and the luminous Whitney Richards as his stepdaughter, Regina, whose provenance brings the secrets of the prominent Avling family to light.” – The West Australian, David Zampatti