|Ibsen's Ghosts returns to haunt Brisbane audiences|
Originally banned from performance when first written in 1881, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts is set to intrigue and electrify Brisbane when it returns to the stage after a 30-year hiatus. Opening Saturday 20 July 2019 at The Curators Vintage Pop Up Theatre in Red Hill, acclaimed director Michael Beh has adapted this new production of Ibsen’s classic, so it remains a relevant, scorching view of the destructive nature of secrets and the social codes that bind them.
The production brings together a cast of talented Brisbane actors—Lisa Hickey, Tom Coyle and Patrick Shearer feature—alongside Warwick Comber and Lauren Roche.
Helene Alving has been haunted by a life of deception. When Pastor Manders comes to discuss the business of building an orphanage to honour the memory of her late husband, the lies begin to unravel. With the return of her beloved son, Oswald, from years of exile in Paris, Helene is determined to liberate them both from the taboos of their dark past. But will exorcising the memory of her famous, debauched husband lead to salvation? In one of the greatest female roles in western drama, Helene Alving rides into battle like a Valkyrie, but is also besieged by her own vulnerabilities.
Ibsen’s Ghosts shatters belief systems, unleashing a war on complicity, sexism and morality. The New York Times says, “Ghosts remains the great historical example of a single play’s power to disturb”.
The Curators are independent Brisbane based professional artists working together to create high quality productions—bringing new life to classical theatre. Forming in August 2017, The Curators brought Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya to a Brisbane stage for the first time in 86 years. In May 2018, The Curators staged Amanda McErlean’s exciting new one woman show, The Quighting Time, followed by the critically acclaimed October production of The Third Beauty, an exploration of gender in Shakespeare’s female roles.
Ghosts Director/Designer Michael Beh; Lighting Designer Bethany Scott; Sound Designer Brian Cavanagh; Sound Technician Nick McMillan
Performance dates and times: Friday 19 July 7.30 pm, Saturday 20 July 7.30 pm, Sunday 21 July 2 pm, Monday 22 July 6.30 pm, Friday 26 July 7.30 pm, Saturday 27 July 7.30 pm, Sunday 28 July 5.00 pm, Monday 29 July 6.30 pm, Friday 2 August 7.30 pm, Saturday 3 August 7.30 pm, Sunday 4 August 2.00 pm
Ticket prices range from $15 to $37. Discounts available for pensioners, seniors, students, MEAA, under 30s, groups of 10 or more. Preview Friday 19 July; low-income night Monday 22 July; 30-minute student rush every performance; post-show discussion Sunday 28 July.
Venue: The Curators Vintage Pop Up Theatre, 28 St Barnabas Place, Red Hill Q 4059