April 2005

A Doll's House

by Henrik Ibsen

director

Richard Wood

From Stage Whispers April 2005

You will wonder why the publicity material acknowledges CB Furnishings. This is Pat Wilkes’ story.

In search of modern furniture for the set she led us into shops full of glamorous sofas, beds, sideboards, drinks cabinets, curtains and cushions.

Mad escapades … until we told our story to Vic Ison on CBF’s Northallerton warehouse full of the above items. His face was glum; his head had a definite shake about it. Time to inch towards the door.

Then Pat played her last card. ‘Well,’ she announced. ‘I’ve lived here ten years and I’ve never heard of this place.’

Reverse psychology! It worked.

And you will see fabulous furniture on our set.   

From the Director’s notes

‘A Doll’s House’. Is it a feminist tract or a tragedy in the classical tradition of Sophocles, Shakespeare and … er … well, Henrik Ibsen?

Written in 1878, the play astounded its contemporary theatre-goers. It broke with every tradition they had come to understand - in its structure, in its form and in its characterisation.

At the final curtain audiences walked shocked into the street unable to believe what Nora had said and done.

We have given the play a modern setting. Though we don’t expect you to be quite so shocked, we do hope you will be gripped by the drama.

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