GHOSTS by Henrik Ibsen
By Henrik Ibsen
Adapted by Michael Beh
WINTER HUNTS US DOWN
Helene Alving has desperately kept secrets for too long. Now, she will finally exorcise the memory of her famous but debauched husband. With the return of her beloved artist son from years of exile in Paris, Helene is determined to liberate them both from the taboos of their dark past. But salvation is elusive and history inescapable. Will her only child pay the ultimate price?
Originally banned from performance when first written in 1881, Ghosts has come to be considered one of the greatest plays of the modern era. The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, rips through the plastic wrapping of society to expose archetypal truths about love and living in this Greek-like tragedy of mythic proportions. He reminds us that ghosts take many forms, that as we grow older we become the ghosts of our past choices, beliefs and desires - mourning lives not lived.
In the 21st century, Ghosts is reawakened as a culture war. At its centre is Helene Alving, one of the greatest female roles in western drama. Fiercely, she rides into battle like a Valkyrie possessed in the defence of her own child. It's the contemporary grenade that Ibsen intended when he wrote his revolutionary play almost one hundred and forty years ago.
Ghosts shatters belief systems, unleashing a war on complicity, sexism and morality whilst exposing middle-class hypocrisy – smashing the cornerstones of life itself. The battleground is set. In this blistering world, it will be a fight to the death. Truth versus Deceit. Life versus Death. Ice versus Fire.
In this graveyard of memories, winter hunts us down!
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“Ghosts remains the great historical example of a single play’s power to disturb.” New York Times
"The Power to Shock Endures" Daily Telegraph
"Terrifically Compelling" The Independent
The Curators Vintage Pop Up Theatre, Red Hill
28 St Barnabas Place, Red Hill, Queensland 4059
Please note: All seating is unreserved
Fri 19 July - 7.30 pm
Sat 20 July - 7.30pm
Sun 21 July - 2pm
Mon 22 July - 6.30pm
Industry & Low Income Night
Fri 26 July - 7.30pm
Sat 27 July - 7.30pm
Nordic Noir Night
Sun 28 July - 5pm
Includes post-show discussion
Mon 29 July - 6.30pm
Fri 2 August - 7.30pm
Sat 3 August - 7.30pm
Sun 4 August - 2pm
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