A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen
Open Space Theatre Company
A Doll’s House, Ibsen’s dark classic drama, is less about a woman’s rights
than her need to discover who she is without reference to men’s control and
The central character played by Cathy Gill in a performance that should be
shown to acting students, leaves her husband, his ‘dolls’’ house and their
children in what was in the 1870s, deeply shocking.
She does this after the consequences of her own lies to cover up an intended
good act begin to emerge with devastating effect and more potently, her own
husband’s (excellently unlikable Darren France) blatant hypocrisy and double
standards stun her.
Peter Sowerbutts, the terminally ill friend, plays a compelling deadpan of
worldly weariness, cynicism and mystery, David Blood inhabits the slightly
sinister fraudster who is redeemed by love while Mia Chadwick as the friend,
strikes a balance between her own needs and those of the protagonist.
They’re ably supported by Penny Martin and Ruby Potter as servants and two
adorable young children.
David Green has deftly directed a masterpiece, with his eye for irony,
secrets, humour and real understanding of characters the audience engages with.
Buy tickets here for this Friday’s production at the Public Hall..