'It’s all very well to walk out the door slamming it behind you, as Ibsen’s Nora Helmer did in 1879; declaring yourself at long last liberated from A Doll’s House. But what happens after that triumphant moment? How much exactly does it cost a woman to leave her child, family and husband to choose her self?
'Kit Brookman and Anne-Louise Sarks revisioning of Nora’s iconic story overlaps with Ibsen’s revolutionary play but takes an audience beyond the moment of leaving and follows Nora through into the complications that doubtless, surely, follow her choice.
'In 2014 Nora’s dilemma is still going: just how much will a woman put up with and why? And what are her alternatives to putting up with a situation that makes her diminutive?
'Anne-Louise Sarks makes classics reverberate and resound in a new way. Her 2012 production of Medea in our Downstairs Theatre stunned students and teachers alike. This contemporary production will provide a strong framework for students to hone their critical skills by contemplating texts comparatively across time. She brings her unique vision to this deeply felt play about how to work out your own freedom and become comfortable with your own power.' (Production summary)
Performed at the Belvoir's Upstairs Theatre : 9 August - 14 September 2014
Director: Anne-Louise Sarks.
Set Designer: Marg Horwell.
Costume Designer: Mel Page.
Lighting Designer: Paul Jackson.
Composer: Kelly Ryall.
Cast: Blazey Best, Toby Challenor, Linda Cropper, Finn Dauphinee, Indianna Gregg, Damien Ryan, and Ava Strybosch.