As part of its International Ibsen Season, the Barbican presents Australian theatre company Belvoir Sydney's modern reinterpretation of Henrik Ibsen's 1884 play The Wild Duck.
Directed and co-written by Simon Stone - renowned in his homeland for his non-reverence to classic texts - the production takes Ibsen's tale of familial dysfunction and denial, and sets it in a contemporary Aussie flat where Hjalmar lives with his wife, ailing father, visually impaired daughter and a duck. He's content enough, though, until an old friend returns to town with troubling news that promises to throw their lives into turmoil.
With a minimal cast performing accentuated action, this promises to be an eye-opening take on what many believe to be Ibsen's masterpiece.
- Simon Stone