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Ghostly goings on at the Thameside
7:20am Sunday 20th October 2013 in News
A NATIONAL theatre company is bringing a 19th century play to the Thameside Theatre in Grays.
Sell A Door Theatre Company is staging Henrik Ibsen’s Ghost on Tuesday, October 22.
The company is currently on a nationwide tour with the play for its autumn season.
Ghosts, penned in 1881, tells the story of Helen Alving, played by Sarah Ogley, whose family are ruled by the “dead ideas” preached by Pastor Manders.
She builds an orphanage and is about to dedicate it to the memory of her deceased husband, Captain Alving, in a bid to deplete his wealth so that their son, Oswald, does not inherit any money.
She is burying the evils from her marriage to Captain Alving, who was philandering before he died.
She sent her son away so he could not be corrupted by his father, but throughout the play, she finds out Oswald is suffering from inherited syphillis and has fallen in love with the family’s maid, who is the illegitimate daughter of Captain Alving, conceived through his adultery.
This means Oswald is, in fact, in love with his half-sister.
Directed by Phillip Rowntree, the Norwegian play is described as a “scathing commentary” of 19th century morality.
It was adapted by Alfred Enoch, best known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter.
A description of the play by Sell A Door, which is a mid to large scale touring theatre company, said: “Though penned in 1881, it is not hard for us to see the parallels in our own society – the pious leaders of the past replaced with our own custodians of the status quo and money their new religion.”
The one-off performance in Grays starts at 7.30pm.
Tickets are available from the Thameside Theatre box office.
Children’s and senior citizen’s tickets are £10 while all other tickets are £12.
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