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Ghosts at Salisbury Playhouse
THE lies parents tell to protect their children are at the centre of an Ibsen work being brought to life on the stage at Salisbury Playhouse next week.
And director Stephen Unwin says Ghosts will keep audiences gripped.
“The play is an extraordinary masterpiece from the late 19th century which was, in its time, an incredible shocker,” he says.
“What it asks is should you bring your children up on lies or should you tell them the truth?”
The story focuses on Oswald, who has been told lies about his father.
He comes back from Paris following his father’s death and slowly his mother tries to tell him the truth.
“It’s a fantastic play about family; about a mother and son and how a family works and doesn’t work,” says Unwin.
“It’s so gripping and audiences so far have been spellbound.
“Moment by moment you discover more and more about these people.”
Ghosts is a joint production from the Rose Theatre Kingston and English Touring Theatre (ETT), which Unwin founded and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary.
The director has done his own translation of the play and it will be his final production as artistic director at Rose Theatre, where it is running until Saturday, before coming to the Playhouse on Tuesday.
Unwin directed Ghosts to critical acclaim with ETT in 2002 and says this production is even better.
It has drawn inspiration from the original designs by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, painter of The Scream, which haven’t been used since 1906.
“It’s very striking to look at, but in a sophisticated way.
“There’s an amazing screen at the back, running all the way throughout.”
Ghosts is the seventh Ibsen play Unwin has directed, and he says the writer’s work has stood the test of time.
“Everyone knows that Shakespeare is the great writer of the Renaissance but I think Ibsen is the great writer of the modern world,” he explains.
“He says that in order to develop as a human being you have to be true to who you are.
“His plays are about society, community and family and how you balance those demands.
“That has a contemporary resonance; people are struck by how much it relates to their own lives.”
Ghosts is at Salisbury Playhouse from Tuesday until next Saturday, and Unwin will be giving a free talk on Ibsen’s life and work on Thursday at 6pm, for which people can reserve tickets here.
Tickets are available from the box office on 01722 320333 or salisburyplayhouse.com.
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