The original 'A Doll's House' by Henrik Ibsen was first performed in 1879 and brought focus to the conditions that could force a woman to leave her home and family.
The question Stef Smith asks us in this play 'What made her leave?' has only become more relevant since then. She takes Ibsen's Nora and places her in 1918, 1968, and 2018, to chart the progress we've made in 100 years as well as just how little has changed in the fight for women's rights.
We continue to wrestle with these ideas of control, agency, freedom and power well into the 21st century. Who is allowed to be powerful? How do we raise each other up? What is the fallout when we look away? The vote, the invention of the contraceptive pill, legalising abortion, the #MeToo movement - all of these come back to a woman being in charge of her own body, her own self.
This production of ‘Nora: A Doll’s House’ marks the final time that UHT will use the Union Theatre in Union House - a venue that has served the community so well since 1938. In a new era for student theatre at UMSU, in mid-2022 UHT will transition activities to the Arts and Cultural building in the Student Precinct at Parkville campus. Performing a political piece, with a nod to history and new questions for the future seems like a fitting way to end our residence in this building and move to new stages.
This production also reminds us of what UHT has become known for – theatrical experimentation, giving voice to, and encouraging the creative journeys of students. With this work, we engage a new generation of student artists and invite them into the next act of theatre on campus. We would like to acknowledge all of the amazing humans who are coming together in the creative team and production crew to bring this work to life and shine a light on gender equality. We would especially like to acknowledge the cast, who have brought such stunning focus, commitment and artistry to this process. Theatre has been so difficult over these past two years and this group has reminded us of why it is so important.
Xanthe Beesley and Liv Satchell
Cassidy McCredie Pledger
Directors - Xanthe Beesley & Liv Satchell
Costume Designer - Natalie Gillis
Set Designer - Claudia Mirabello
Lighting Designer - Giovanna Yate González
Sound Designer - Connor Ross
Stage Manager - Max Woods
Artistic Associate - Dominic Weintraub
Assistant Stage Manager - Maleea Hegarty
Sound Design Mentee/ Operator - Ella Roberts
Lighting Programmers/Operators - Ishana Girish & Annese Lingafelter
FOH Sound Mix - Sherry Tay & Annese Lingafelter
Costume & Makeup Assistants - Lauren Williams & Vaishnavi Ravikrishna
Production Manager - Tom Brayshaw
Head Technician - Clynton Jones
Stage Carpenter - Allen Laverty
Marketing - Erin Adams
Marketing Assistant - Linh Phan
Poster Image Photography - Alice Hutchinson
Dress Rehearsal Photography - Ben Fon
Spencer Fullgrabe, Susan Hewitt, Julia Hristodoulou, Natasha Marich, Olivia McKenna,
Paul Moneta From Fabwell, Brooke Simmonds, Richard Vabre, Mark Wong, David Miller & Tia Clark at Malthouse Theatre, all the amazing participants of the online Nora creative developments in 2021,
and all our wonderful theatre workers and student volunteers.
We acknowledge that we live, work and create on the lands of the Kulin Nation, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. We extend that respect to all First Nations people, and the long and rich histories of storytelling, art and culture on this land. Sovereignty was never ceded.
RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes, no interval
Union House Theatre is the hub for co-curricular student theatre at the University of Melbourne Student Union. We program performances, masterclasses and events giving students a taste of professional practice. We have been nurturing student playwrights, directors, performers and technicians since 1969!
Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator: Xanthe Beesley
Venue & Production Manager: Tom Brayshaw
Head Technician: Clynton Jones
Stage Carpenter and Mechanist: Allen Laverty
Theatre Admin & Development Officer: Erin Adams