What does it mean to be free? – free to learn? free to choose? – to be truly independent?
Ellida – second wife to Doctor Wangel – must decide between her current life, sheltered by her marriage in a coastal fjord town, or an uncertain life with her former lover on the open sea.
What is our ‘true life’? What defines a ‘real marriage’? Or a ‘happy ending’?
Are we creatures of the land? creatures of the sea? or creatures of habit?
A fresh translation of one of Ibsen’s most uncharacteristic plays in a critically-conscious production that questions the decisions and compromises we make to survive.
See anything adapted by Strangio. The text is infinitely simple and artful, and honours the original.
– Sarah W, The Plus Ones 2016, on The Lover
No Australian director is as attuned to Duras’ work as Laurence Strangio. … brilliant theatre, pure and simple.
– Cameron Woodhead, The Age 2016, on L’amante anglaise
Original text by Henrik Ibsen
Newly translated by May-Brit Akerholt
Directed by Laurence Strangio
Performed by Jason Cavanagh, Dave Evans, Frank Handrum, Esther Myles, Gabriel Partington, Martin Quinn and Meg Spencer with Annie Thorold as ‘Ellida’
Designed by Mattea Davies
Lighting design by Georgia Rann
Music performed by Dave Evans
Dramaturgy: May-Brit Akerholt, Laurence Strangio and Annie Thorold
Assistant Director: Eva Torkkola
Part of the VCE Theatre Studies Unit 3 Playlist