Dark play ‘Ghosts’ will show Dubai this month
Unless you’ve studied English Literature, the name Henrik Ibsen may not ring any bells. Dubai and The Junction theatre want to change change that.
Ibsen was one of the most influential screenwriters of his generation, often hailed as one of the founders of modernism in theatre. His work was frequently a brutally real commentary or representation of the 19th century.
Dubbed the ‘father of realism’, his plays aimed teach the audience something about themselves, and something about the society they now find themselves in.
Ghosts, which is making its way to the Dubai theatrical scene, is a prime example of this.
Written in 1881 and staged first in 1882, Ghosts is a family tragedy which explores the struggle of inner self and the relationship between past and present.
As Britannica explains: “…a discussion of congenital venereal disease, Ghosts also deals with the power of ingrained moral contamination to undermine the most determined idealism. Although the lecherous Captain Alving is in his grave, his ghost will not be laid to rest. The memorial that Helen, his conventionally minded widow, has erected to his memory burns down even as his son Oswald goes insane from inherited syphilis and his illegitimate daughter slips inexorably toward her destiny in a brothel.”
Shanker Ramchandaran the director says, “Ghosts exposes, how, if we ignore the values and elements of our cultural pasts indiscriminately as we craft the cultures of the present; then the past will lash out and invade the present in extremely degenerated form. My team and I have spent over the last six months researching, discussing, and rehearsing. It has been an exciting and dialectal approach to crafting this production with the on and off-stage teams.”
Running from August 22-24, the show will be run three times, each at 7:30pm at The Junction theatre in Al-Serkal avenue.