Nora : A Doll’s House


ISBN: 9781848429505
Author: By Stef Smith Original author Henrik Ibsen
Publication Date: 13/02/2020
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


‘You’ve lies in the whites of your eyes, Nora. What have you done…?’

Nora is the perfect wife and mother. She is dutiful, beautiful and everything is always in its right place. But when a secret from her past comes back to haunt her, her life rapidly unravels. Over the course of three days, Nora must fight to protect herself and her family or risk losing everything.

Henrik Ibsen’s brutal portrayal of womanhood caused outrage when it was first performed in 1879. This bold new version by Stef Smith reframes the drama in three different time periods. The fight for women’s suffrage, the Swinging Sixties and the modern day intertwine in this urgent, poetic play that asks how far have we really come in the past hundred years?

Nora : A Doll’s House was first produced by the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, in 2019, at Tramway, Glasgow. A new production opened at the Young Vic, London, in February 2020.

It was a finalist for the 2020 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, awarded annually to celebrate women who have written works of outstanding quality for the English-speaking theatre.

‘A radical, stunning reworking which thrums with relevance and power… a wordsmith at the top of her poetic game… a classic play reinvented for our time’

‘An intense, ambitious survey of women’s shifting roles, which amplifies each step in Ibsen’s elegantly crafted story, as though Nora’s stamping through a cathedral in Doc Martens… Smith’s ingenious dialogue makes what could be massively complicated feel simple and legible’
Time Out

‘Smith’s update is smart and thoughtful, balancing a sense of feminist history and activism with the tightness of a thriller and some rich personal drama’
The Stage

‘Stef Smith’s excellent adaptation… a provocation infused with Ibsen’s radical spirit’

‘A beautiful and explosively significant piece of theatre’

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