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Nora heads to Bristol

 Date:17/04/2007 - 28/04/2007
 Type:Culture, Performing Arts
 Location:England, Bristol

A drama of love, identity, and domestic power heads to Bristol when South West Actors Network (SWAN) is staging Ibsen’s play 'A Doll's House'. Published in 1879, it tackles subjects that are still controversial 128 years later - debt, flirtation and adultery around the Christmas Tree, with abandoned children and an ‘unnatural mother’ into the bargain.

Nora seems to have a perfect life – a cosy home, doting husband and a brood of children to indulge and adore. As she prepares for Christmas, she looks forward to the increased prosperity promised by her husband Torvald’s new job at the bank. When a secret from her past threatens to destroy all she has, however, Nora discovers that her life has been nothing but 'make-believe', herself merely a 'play-wife'. She walks out, leaving her doll’s house behind.

The famous door slam at the end of the play is often seen as a neat ending to a feminist fable. But Ibsen clearly depicts a society where all men and women are in thrall to public opinion and its hypocritical demands. Nora’s courageous and controversial act of defiance will continue to resonate with audiences wherever society still stifles the wants of the individual.

Following the sell-out success of their production of 'The House of Bernarda Alba' at the Alma Tavern last year, SWAN continues its mission to bring quality classics to the fringe. Amy Clifton, who was last seen as Martirio in 'The House of Bernarda Alba', takes the role of Nora. The cast also includes Dan Winter, Kirsty Cox and Adrian Harris. Kate Wild, whose critically-acclaimed production of 'The Cherry Orchard' ran at the Southwark Playhouse last year, will guest direct.

A Doll’s House
Tuesday 17 April  – Saturday 28 April
Monday – Saturday, 7.30pm. Matinee Saturday 21 April, 2pm.
The Alma Theatre, Alma Vale Road, Bristol.
Tickets: £9 Wednesday – Saturday Concession Nights - Tuesday 17th, Saturday 21st (matinee), Monday 23rd and Tues 24th - All tickets £6
Bookings: email
tickets@swanproductions.co.uk or call the ticket line on 0117 9667698



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Ibsen's 'A Doll's House' will run at The Alma Theatre in Bristol from 17-28 April.Photo: South West Actors Network

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