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



May 16 – 27



Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm | MATINEES: Wed 1pm & Thu 11am

Approx. 120 min


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton


Tickets Info/

Full $30 Concession  $20

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