December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Classic drama A Doll’s House is the inspiration behind a new play that will take to the stage in the city’s Hostry Festival this autumn.
Starlings on the Green has been written by Norwich-based writer Hamilton Wilson who has also created a new translation for A Doll’s House – the story of Nora and Torvald’s release from the untruthfulness of their married life together – which was originally written by 19th-century Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen and premiered in 1879.
Both shows are part of the line-up for this year’s Hostry Festival which will run at the Norwich Cathedral venue from October 24 to November 3.
Mr Wilson, who has been involved in the Hostry Festival since it first began, said Starlings On The Green compares modern day life to 1879, and revolves around a chance conversation between two strangers, Alice and Rowley, who meet in a park.
“The idea of Starlings On The Green is to show the difference between how life was in Ibsen’s day compared to how it is today, what has changed and actually what hasn’t really changed very much and what should change,” Mr Wilson said.
“One of the things that has changed from then to now is people can meet as strangers and talk about serious things which they could not do in the past.”
The 40-minute play will be performed on three nights, shortly before A Doll’s House which is the Hostry Festival’s headline show.
Mr Wilson said: “Ibsen is still there the whole way through but now beneath the surface, so I do hope this will give you an extra bit of fun and add to your appreciation and enjoyment of his great play.”
A Doll’s House is being performed at Norwich Cathedral’s Hostry on October 29, 30, 31 and November 1 and 2 at 7.30pm each night. Tickets £15 (concessions £12).
Starlings on the Green is being performed on October 31 and November 1 and 2 at 6pm. Tickets £5.
For more information about all Hostry Festival events and to book tickets, visit www.hostryfestival.org or call the box office on 01603 598676.