'I think I'm a human being before anything else. I don't care what other people say. I don't care what people write in books. I need to think for myself.' Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House premiered in 1879 in Copenhagen, the second in a series of realist plays by Ibsen, and immediately provoked controversy with its apparently feminist message and exposure of the hypocrisy of Victorian middle-class marriage. In Ibsen's play, Nora Helmer has secretly (and deceptively) borrowed a large sum of money to pay for her husband, Torvald, to recover from illness on a sabbatical in Italy. Torvald's perception of Nora is of a silly, naive spendthrift, so it is only when the truth begins to emerge, and Torvald appreciates the initiative behind his wife, that unmendable cracks appear in their marriage. This compelling new version of Ibsen's masterpiece by playwright Simon Stephens premiered at the Young Vic Theatre, London, on 29 June 2012. It was updated with minor changes in 2013.
This volume not only offers an overview of the theatrical history of the region, it is also a cross-disciplinary attempt to analyse the inner workings and dynamics of theater through a discussion of the interplay between society, the audience, and performing artists."--Jacket.
The Helmers are all set to enjoy Christmas. Torvald has been promoted and Nora is delighted. Everything at last seems to be going right, until a visitor arrives uninvited and causes them to question just how perfect their marriage is.Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House caused outrage both in its style and subject matter when first staged in 1879. Zinnie Harris’s retelling is played against the backdrop of British politics at the turn of the last century – to reveal a world where duty, power and hypocrisy rule.Zinnie Harris's version of A Doll’s House opened at the Donmar Theatre, London, in May 2009.
Fifty years ago, few women’s horizons extended beyond the home: most jobs were barred to them; they were not allowed to vote. Today women can achieve success in nearly every field of activity. Out Of The Doll’s House, based on the 8-part BBC documentary television series, looks at these momentous changes in women’s lives. Personal recollections allow women of all ages and social backgrounds to tell their story in their own words. Written in a lively and entertaining style, the book describes the progress women have made out of the doll’s house this century. It explores every aspect of women’s experience, including home, work, health, sex, marriage, motherhood, fashion, education and politics, and its imaginative use of contemporary photographs, cartoons and magazine illustrations adds an attractive visual comment to the book’s main themes.
Nothing could be more benign than a child's dollhouse—or more terrifying. In The Holographic Dollhouse by Charlotte Lawrence, a child's dollhouse becomes a gateway to horror. It is a link between two worlds and the source of a series of disturbing happenings in the lives of Rian McGuire (whom you first met in The Rag Bone Man) and her circle of psychically gifted family and friends. Behind it all lurks the shadow of an evil familiar, whose kidnapping of an astral spirit from the borders of the Otherworld has far-reaching effects on everyone. As Rian continues to struggle with the huge implications of her past-life identity, she draws ever nearer to discovering the truth about the magickal Mooreland family from whom she is descended. To her shock, she catches a glimmer of the nature of the karmic debt each of them must pay. Only a chilling visit to the holographic dollhouse can give Rian all of the answers to her questions. But at what cost? Will the dollhouse help free her destiny from the evil being who entangles it? Or will she fall victim to the dollhouse's occult powers?
All Hadley wants is for everything to go back to the way it used to be—back when she didn’t have to share her mother with her stepfather and stepbrother. Back when she wasn't forced to live in a musty, decomposing house. Back when she had a life in the city with her friends. As Hadley whiles away what’s left of her summer, exploring the nearby woods and splitting her time between her strange, bug-obsessed neighbor Gabe and the nice old lady that lives above the garage, she begins to notice the house isn’t just old and creaky. It’s full of secrets, just like appearance of a mysterious dollhouse and the family of perfect dolls she finds. Oh, how she wishes her family were more like those lovely dolls! Then one day, Hadley discovers a lone glass eye rolling around the floor of the attic. Holding it close one night, she makes a wish that just might change her world forever.