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Written by
Henrik Ibsen

Directed by
Priscilla Jackman

Translated by
Rebecca Lenkiewicz

30 Oct – 04 Nov 2020
90 minutes,1 act, no interval

About the show

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.


In order of appearance

Mrs Alving
Jessica Spies

Ryan Panizza 
Ryan Panizza

Patrick Mandziy

Philip D’Ambrosio

Zoe Resnick

Creative Team

Priscilla Jackman

Assistant Director 

Matthew Latham

Set/Props/Costume Designer 
Angus Konsti

Design Assistant 
Benedict Janeczko-Taylor

Lighting Designer
Morgan Moroney

Video Designer
Morgan Moroney

Rose Mulcare
Rose Mulcare

Di Misirdjieff

Production Team

Production Stage Manager
Tom Houghton

Deputy Stage Manager 
Leia Loisa

Assistant Stage Manager 
Jodi Rabinowitz

Props Supervisor 
Marcelo Zavala-Baeza

Props Maker 
Daniel Druery

Props Assistant 
Luca Kovacs

Costume Supervisor 
Georgia Attewell-Moore

Costume Assistant
Jasmin Gray

Head Electrician 
Elif Akgul

Video Systems 
Filip Wyker

Construction Manager 
Barnaby Gilbert

Production Manager
Nick Day

MFA Voice Support 
Rudolf Hendrikx

Scenic Artist 
Karen Scribbins

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance