By Guest Blogger John Hartery
A new production at the Gate Theatre in Dublin opened this week-Enemy Of The People the Ibsen play adapted by Arthur Miller. The play was written nearly 140 years ago by the Norwegian in this production is set in a 50's America. The plot concern a scientist in a small town whose discovery of poison in the local water supply threatens to spike the growing tourist trade. The town is Kirstin Springs and it is complete with a cast of pillars of society; journalists, publisher, factory owner and mayor (wonderfully played by Denis Conway). The scientist Dr Stockman is played by Declan Conlon who grapples with protecting the truth of his discovery against the gathering townsfolk that wants to conceal his findings.
The first act of the play opens at your average dinner party when Stockman is in middle class heaven hosting his friends and family from his community. This is the inverse of what is to follow.
|Thoughts for today from Ibsen|
In his notes, the director describes Ibsen's work as a parable play. And it is. It isn't hard to find resonances in contemporary Ireland among the cast of characters . An obvious comparison could be made to those who pointed out flaws in the recent Irish disastrous business model of property development and those in authority who derided and denounced them for doing so! This production is highly recommended.
At €25 minimum the ticket price is expensive. On the night we visited the venue was not full. Some imagination in ticket pricing might grow revenue and get more people in.
It's always a treat to visit the Gate and we loved the walls adorned with pictures of previous productions and the lovely china cups for your coffee.
Directed by Wayne JordanSet Design by Paul O’Mahony
Costume Design by Joan O’Clery
Lighting Design by Davy Cunningham
Music and Sound Design by Philip Stewart
Cast includes: Fiona Bell, Liam Carney, Steve Cash, Declan Conlon, Denis Conway, Siobhan Cullen, Robert Duff, Jill Harding, Bosco Hogan, Mark Huberman, Ronan Leahy, Callum Martin, Barry McGovern, Morgan Moore, Peter O’Byrne, Donncha O’Dea, James O’Donoghue