Mrs Alving has kept secrets for too long. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his famous and debauched father. But will her only child pay the ultimate price?
Ghosts is a radical tackling of taboos – incest, infidelity, euthanasia – as potent today as they were 140 years ago. In his greatest play, Ibsen sets out a scathing commentary on gender inequality, middle class hypocrisy, and complicity.
Drawing strongly on the play’s historical context, this production unashamedly pitches Ibsen to a 2020 Australian audience with live and haunting electronica DJ soundscapes and state of the art projection that combine with explosive results.
Priscilla Jackman is an award-winning director of theatre and opera and Lecturer at NIDA in Creative Practices. Her recent production of White Pearl for Sydney Theatre Company and National Theatre of Parramatta recently won Best Ensemble in the 2019 Sydney Theatre Awards. Rebecca Lenkiewicz is a playwright and translator, and this translation of Ghosts premiered in London’s Arcola Theatre in 2009 to audience acclaim.