Inspired by Henrik Ibsen’s stage play A Doll's House and the paintings of Edvard Munch, Caroline Summerfield’s Chasing Ibsen is a psychological drama set in the North East of England and deals with the betrayal of friendship through deceit
The unexpected death of Lizzie's husband is surrounded in mystery and tragic circumstances, leaving her friends Maggie and Sue, wondering if it was an accident, suicide or murder. As preparations for Bob’s funeral begin to take place Lizzie, a trained actress, is offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a touring production of Ibsen's A Doll's House. But with the arrival of the loss adjuster Mr Kingsland, a web of lies and deception unfolds. Nemesis beckons for Lizzie, as her life starts to take on the shape of that of Nora in Ibsen's renowned play, where a woman's deceit is her undoing.
Caroline Summerfield (Writer) trained as a lawyer and studied scriptwriting at RADA. Her plays include A Berlin Christmas, (Upstairs at the Gatehouse Highgate), Myself and Other Parts, (Man in the Moon, Chelsea), An Honest Politician, (Ondaatje Theatre, National Portrait Gallery), The Manuscript, (Finborough Theatre) and Letters of Junius showcased at the Bridewell Theatre. Caroline was inspired to write Chasing Ibsen following her visits to the annual Ibsen Theatre Festival and Ibsen’s home in Oslo.
Diana Hillier (Director) studied at Cambridge University and RADA. In 1997 she received an Arts Council Bursary at Out of Joint and The Palace Theatre, Watford. Directing credits include: The Trojan Women and Double Deceit (Jermyn Street Theatre), The Magic Flute (Upstairs at the Gatehouse), Pride and Prejudice (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House), An Honest Politician (The National Portrait Gallery), Live at Carnegie Hall (Clore Studio, Royal Opera House), Travel Club and Boy Soldier (National Theatre).
Chasing Ibsen is cast with three strong female leads:
Stephanie Schonfield (Lizzie) - On stage Stephanie has appeared in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell with Ned Sherrin, Pride and Prejudice at Perth Theatre, and Wait until Dark at Watford Palace Theatre. Television credits also include parts in The Courtroom and Night and Day.
Other leading cast members include Lorraine Arnold (Maggie) and Laurie Hagen (Sue).
by Caroline Summerfield
11th - 30th April 2005
Jermyn Street Theatre,
16b Jermyn Street,
London, SW1Y 6ST
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