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The Wild Duck single work   drama   - 1 Act
Adaptation of The Wild Duck Henrik Ibsen , 1885 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2011... 2011 The Wild Duck
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'Are there some truths it’s better not to know?

Winner of three Helpmann Awards (2011) and four Sydney Theatre Awards (2011), this taut, stripped-back rendition of a modern classic never lets up. Director Simon Stone has developed from a wunderkind of Melbourne’s indie theatre to an established force on Australia’s mainstages. Here he transplants Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a new play tailor-made for an astonishing cast led by Ewen Leslie.

Hjalmar Ekdal grew up rich but scandal cast him into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife, his daughter and a duck. When his old friend Gregers Werle returns with unfinished business, the truth Gregers brings could shatter the world Hjalmar has built around himself.

A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial, The Wild Duck resounds for a new age.' (Source: Malthouse Theatre website)

Production Details

  • Performed at Malthouse Theatre 17 February - 17 March 2013.

    Director: Simon Stone.

    Set Design: Ralph Myers.

    Costume Design: Tess Schofield.

    Lighting Design: Niklas Pajanti.

    Composition and Sound Design: Stefan Gregory.

    Assistant Director: Anne-Louise Sarks.

    Dramaturgy: Eamon Flack.

    Cast: John Gaden, Anita Hegh, Ewen Leslie, Eloise Mignon, Anthony Phelan, and Toby Schmitz.


    Performed at Perth International Arts Festival 2016.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Simon's Stone's The Daughter Peter Craven , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 183-190)
'Rewriting The Wild Duck as film'
A Touch Theatrical Mark Naglazas , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 March 2016; (p. 1, 5)
'Simon Stone tells Mark Naglazas about moving from stage to screen for his first film, The Daughter.'
The Next Stage Michael Bodey , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 February 2016; (p. 8)
Hooked on Classics Rosemary Neill , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 5-7)
'Adaptations dominate Australian theatre. Is this a sign of the bankruptcy of original ideas or does it herald a confident fresh approach to great works of drama?'
Best of 2012 : Theatre, Dance and 50 Year Trilogies Stephanie Honor Convery , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , December 2012;

— Review of The Wild Duck Simon Stone , Chris Ryan , 2011 single work drama
Best of 2012 : Theatre, Dance and 50 Year Trilogies Stephanie Honor Convery , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: Overland [Online] , December 2012;

— Review of The Wild Duck Simon Stone , Chris Ryan , 2011 single work drama
Hooked on Classics Rosemary Neill , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 25-26 May 2013; (p. 5-7)
'Adaptations dominate Australian theatre. Is this a sign of the bankruptcy of original ideas or does it herald a confident fresh approach to great works of drama?'
The Next Stage Michael Bodey , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 20-21 February 2016; (p. 8)
A Touch Theatrical Mark Naglazas , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The West Australian , 8 March 2016; (p. 1, 5)
'Simon Stone tells Mark Naglazas about moving from stage to screen for his first film, The Daughter.'
Simon's Stone's The Daughter Peter Craven , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 75 no. 2 2016; (p. 183-190)
'Rewriting The Wild Duck as film'

Awards

2011 winner Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production

Other Awards:

Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anita Hegh)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anthony Phelan)

2011 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Play, Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anita Hegh) and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anthony Phelan) Other Awards: Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anita Hegh) and Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anthony Phelan)
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