Director: Chris Hearn
Read through: Tuesday 21st February 8pm
Sunday 5th March 3pm
Wednesday 8th March 8pm
To be announced
ABOUT THE PLAY
Nora Helmer once borrowed a large sum of money so that her husband, Torvald, could go to Italy and recuperate from a serious illness. She never told him of this loan and has been secretly paying it back from her household allowance. Torvald has recently been appointed manager of the local bank and his first act is to fire a man who was once disgraced for forging a signature on a document. This man, Nils Krogstad, is the person from whom Nora borrowed the money. It is then revealed that Nora forged her father’s signature in order to get the money. Krogstad threatens to expose Nora’s crime and disgrace her and Torvald unless she persuades her husband not to fire him. Christine Linde, a former friend of Nora’s appears and confesses that she married for financial gain, without love and that Nora’s only hope for happiness is to be truthful and tell her husband of her deception. Torvald thinks Nora is a foolish child who cannot understand the value of money or business. So when Torvald eventually discovers that Nora forged her father’s signature, he is ready to disclaim his wife even though she did it for him. At the conclusion of the play Nora sees that Torvald is not worthy of her love and leaves him.
Nora Helmer, 30s. At first quite timid and fanciful but later shows her inner strength. Pages 106-109
Torvald Helmer, 30s. Treats his wife as a little doll. Would do anything to preserve his good reputation. Pages 98 ‘Oh don’t be so pathetic’ to 101.
Kristine, 40s. Friend of Nora. She tries to guide her into being true to herself. Pages 16 ‘Kristine, is it really true…’ to 17.
Krogstad, 40s. Nora’s creditor and blackmailer who later lets her off the hook. Pages 36 ‘Mrs Helmer. Have you any idea…’ to 38 halfway down.
Dr Rank, 60s. Friend of Torvald and Nora. The voice of authority. Pages 60 ‘I’m glad’ to 61.
Helene, 20s. The maid. Page 22, the short speech.
Anna, 60s. The nanny. Pages 47 – 49.
Copies of the play will be handed out at the read through