Ibsen and Chekhov
Although born almost 30 years apart, these playwrights, Russian and Norwegian, may have saved the theatre. Early 19th century theatre, dominated by actors – some pure exhibitionists – favoured melodrama. Ibsen brought vitality back to the theatre. His plays, although set in small provincial towns, deal with huge, challenging themes: the unfair situation of women: the hypocrisy of public respectability: the bullying power of the masses. Anton Chekhov –‘I want to put on stage life as it really is’ – had the skill to combine humour with sadness, absurdity with unassuming strength. He had no heroes or villains but an extraordinary emotional range. Ibsen taught. Chekhov observed. I hope students, in acting out their scenes, will have strong views on what a playwright should do.
Level of Ability: Suitable for All
Tutor: Rosamund Hall
Email course tutor for course-related queries:
Please contact National Office directly with any booking queries