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  • IbsenFest at The Space Posted on 12 May 2015

    Ibsen Re-Imagined: The Space’s Festival To Present Alternative Look at Playwright

    The work of Henrik Ibsen, one of the world’s most renowned playwrights, will be brought to life within the Space’s upcoming season in a pair of new and radical adaptations. Two separate companies will present their own takes on these classic texts in the venue’s Ibsen Re-Imagined festival, which will feature alternative endings, relaxed performances, movement and mime and contemporary music.

    A Festival Pass can be purchased for just £15 for both shows (saving £11) when seeing weekday performances throughout the Festival. 

    Simply quote IBSEN when booking.

    Call 020 7515 7799 or book online here

    First in the season comes the return of Les Foules, who brought a new adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline to the Space in 2013. The company will present Ibsen’s final and most surreal play When We Dead Awaken, using live art elements to create a brand-new and alternative adaptation. Les Foules are well-known for their bold retellings of classic works and have also performed at the Bush Theatre, Richmix, the Roundhouse Studios and the National Theatre of Uganda. They recently won the Origins Award for Outstanding New Show at the VAULTS Festival 2015 for Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.

    Dissolve Theatre will then present A Doll’s House, one of Ibsen’s most famous works. Director Chloe Mashiter’s new adaptation will feature the rarely-performed ‘alternative ending’ to the show, penned by Ibsen for the play’s German premiere in 1880. Dissolve Theatre will also be the first company to present a run at the Space which includes relaxed performances, offering an alternative for those who may find it difficult to adhere to the ‘rules’ of attending a traditional theatre performance. These performances will add the Space to the growing list of London theatre venues to offer this inclusive, open experience.

    Adam Hemming, Director of the Space, said:

    Ibsen holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Space family.  Our production of A Doll’s House in 2010 was the first in-house show to transfer and enjoyed a successful run at the Arcola. We’re incredibly excited to have the talented Les Foules and Dissolve Theatre involved in Ibsen Re-Imagined and hope that both Ibsen fans and those new to the playwright will enjoy the productions.”

     For full details of both shows, including cast and crew information, please visit www.space.org.uk or email isabel@space.org.uk.


    About When We Dead Awaken:

    12th-30th May, 7:30 pm

    “When we dead awaken…. We see that we have never lived.”

    Les Foules return to the Space with their adaption of one of Ibsen’s strangest and most elemental plays.

    Sculptor Rubek and his wife Maia holiday at a resort deep in the mountain pines; both are profoundly altered by a string of strange encounters. Written at the dawn of the 20th century, Ibsen’s final play stares out at us with the feverishness of an artist looking death in the eye and laughing.


    About A Doll’s House:

    3rd-13th June, 7:45 pm

    Nora and Torvald have all they could possibly want – a wonderful home, beautiful children, and now Torvald’s promotion.

    But their seemingly comfortable life is threatened by Nora’s secret, and the man who keeps it. Now, the things she once did to save her husband might destroy them both.

    Featuring the rarely-seen alternate ending, Dissolve Theatre’s take on Ibsen’s enduring drama poses the question: what, if anything, actually binds us to the people in our lives?

    For dates of relaxed performances, please visit www.space.org.uk

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