The Wild Duck

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Education

Download the Prompt Pack Educational Resource

Suitable For:
Year 9-12
Curriculum Prompts:
English
Drama
Theatre Studies
Psychology
Literature

Media

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The Wild Duck

17 February - 17 March
Merlyn Theatre
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Are there some truths it’s better not to know?

Winner of three Helpmann Awards (2011) and four Sydney Theatre Awards (2011), this taut, stripped-back rendition of a modern classic never lets up. Director Simon Stone has developed from a wunderkind of Melbourne’s indie theatre to an established force on Australia’s mainstages. Here he transplants Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a new play tailor-made for an astonishing cast led by Ewen Leslie.

Hjalmar Ekdal grew up rich but scandal cast him into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife, his daughter and a duck. When his old friend Gregers Werle returns with unfinished business, the truth Gregers brings could shatter the world Hjalmar has built around himself.

A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial, The Wild Duck resounds for a new age.

Duration: 90 minutes no interval. Ages: 16+

Read the Program

Social Media
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Awards

Helpmann Awards 2011
Best Play
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anita Hegh)
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play (Anthony Phelan)

Sydney Theatre Awards 2011
Best Mainstage Production
Best Direction of a Mainstage Production (Simon Stone)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anita Hegh)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production (Anthony Phelan)

Credits

Malthouse Theatre presents
THE WILD DUCK
a Belvoir Production

Written by Simon Stone with Chris Ryan after Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Simon Stone
Set Design Ralph Myers
Costume Design Tess Schofield
Lighting Design Niklas Pajanti
Composition and Sound Design Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Dramaturgy Eamon Flack

Performed by
John Gaden
Anita Hegh
Ewen Leslie
Eloise Mignon
Anthony Phelan
Toby Schmitz

Production Manager Glenn Dulihanty
Technical Manager & Lighting Design Associate Teegan Lee
Head of Sound Caitlin Porter
Stage Manager Lisa Osborn
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcom

Photo Garth Oriander Pictured Toby Schmitz, Eloise Mignon, Ewen Leslie and Anita Hegh

Production Photos Heidrun Lohr

 

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Go see this production of The Wild Duck. Theatre of such delicacy and distillation is vanishingly rare. The ensemble performance is magnificent, the writing effortlessly overheard, the design possesses a chiselled power, and the direction confirms Simon Stone as one of our most vivid and nuanced interpreters for the stage.
Devastatingly good… with a brilliant new script.
— Sunday Telegraph
To be enjoyed and savoured long after it’s over.
— The Australian
This is a five-star review… Every character is honest, believable and human… and it's an excellent ensemble.
— Time Out Sydney