Persona

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Education

Suitable For: Years VCE

Best fit: Year 11 and 12

Curriculum Prompts: VCE Theatre Studies; VCE Drama: Solo and Ensemble; Film Studies; English; Literature

Themes and Motifs: From film to stage; Translation, adaption and recontextualisation; Identity loss, mimicry; Electra; Ingmar Bergman

Language: A theatre performance in English.

Warnings: Coarse language, psychological thriller, full frontal male and female nudity, graphic descriptions of sexual acts

Media

Download the Season 2013 Media Release or contact Media Manager Maria O’Dwyer.

Persona

27 June - 14 July
Beckett Theatre

A thriller of charismatic attraction.

An actress loses her power to speak and soon finds the boundaries between her identity and that of her nurse dangerously unstable. Adena Jacobs’ astonishing re-imagining of Ingmar Bergman’s iconic film was performed to universal praise from critics and audiences alike in 2012. Now, Malthouse Theatre rekindles the flame that lies at the heart of this quietly devastating work.

Read the program

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Credits

PERSONA
A Fraught Outfit production based on the film by Ingmar Bergman

Conceived by Adena Jacobs, Dayna Morrissey & Danny Pettingill
Directed by Adena Jacobs
Translated by Keith Bradfield
Set & Costume Design Dayna Morrissey
Lighting Design Danny Pettingill
Sound Design Russell Goldsmith

Cast Alex de Vos, Julian Mineo, Meredith Penman, Daniel Schlusser and Karen Sibbing

Photography: Scottie Cameron, Art Direction: Chase & Galley
Production Photos: Pia Johnson

Run Time 1 hour 15 minutes, no interval

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Magnify Your Experience

TTT: Time to Talk
Saturday 29 June, following the 2.30pm performance of Persona.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd London. Translation provided by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd.
The Australian premiere of Persona was presented by Fraught Outfit in association with Theatre Works in 2012.

 

... excellent performances and smart direction ... this is a weird and wonderful theatrical experience
— Elly Varrenti, The Age
This was a show that I couldn't fault in any of its particulars, and which as a whole manifests a lucid complexity that is rare in any medium. Subtle, detailed and truthful, this collaboration transfers the mystery at the heart of Bergman's film intact, while entirely remaking it. As I said, miraculous.
— Alison Croggon, Theatre Notes
Persona is electrifying ... an act of majestic ambition and an affirmation of what great theatre can do.
— Cameron Woodhead, Behind the Critical Curtain