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On from 29 Apr 2008 till 31 May 2008
Arcola Theatre
by Henrik Ibsen, a new version by Frank McGuinness
Genre(s): Drama


Lia Williams stars in a sensuous and erotic play about the power of the past

Ellida’s desires are awaked by the startling arrival of a dark stranger, luring her back to the water’s edge…

Is it better to suffocate on dry land or drown in the freedom of the sea?

Ellida is consumed by her longing for the sea. Trapped in an unhappy marriage and loathed by her stepdaughters, she is drawn to the ocean, to the promise and ecstasy of the unknown.

The startling arrival of a dark stranger awakens Ellida, stirs her desires and lures her back to the water’s edge. Now she must confront both the past and a desire for freedom that could destroy her.

Frank McGuinness has been a major presence in Irish drama for the last twenty years. As well as writing his own plays, such as Factory Girls (revived on its 5th year anniversary at Arcola), he has adapted and translated to great acclaim an eclectic range of the classics including an award winning version of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

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