Getting the sparkle back

By DomesticGoddess

A Doll's House

By Henrik Ibsen. I went to the preview (cheap) performance at the Lyceum Theatre. Came out feeling a bit shell-shocked and the leading actress (Amy Manson) and actor (Hywel Simons) looked shell-shocked themselves after giving very intense performances. Amazing that it was first staged in 1879, when it caused outrage. Here is what Wikipedia says about it:

The play is significant for its critical attitude toward 19th century marriage norms. It aroused great controversy at the time, as it concludes with the protagonist, Nora, leaving her husband and children because she wants to discover herself. Ibsen was inspired by the belief that "a woman cannot be herself in modern society," since it is "an exclusively male society, with laws made by men and with prosecutors and judges who assess feminine conduct from a masculine standpoint". Its ideas can also be seen as having a wider application: Michael Meyer argues that the play's theme is not women's rights, but rather "the need of every individual to find out the kind of person he or she really is and to strive to become that person." In a speech given to the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights in 1898, Ibsen insisted that he "must disclaim the honour of having consciously worked for the women's rights movement," since he wrote "without any conscious thought of making propaganda," his task having been "the description of humanity."

I got told off for taking this photo of the set, so please don't tell on me!

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