About

Winner of four 2011 Sydney Theatre Awards including
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)

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

This production also toured to Melbourne (Malthouse Theatre) and the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo in 2012, before being invited to the Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen) and the Holland Festival in 2013.

The Vienna Festival has declared ‘With his novel versions of standard repertory plays, sharp wit, emotional intensity, explosive directing style and the incredible directness of his excellent ensemble, Simon Stone is a new and refreshing addition to the world of theatre.’

The Wild Duck has received rave reviews both nationally and internationally and received standing ovations at the International Ibsen Festival in Oslo. It is the winner of three Helpmann Awards, including Best Play, and four Sydney Theatre Awards, including Best Direction and Best Production.

About the play:
Hjalmar Ekdal’s father was rich until scandal cast the family into poverty. Now he lives in a tiny flat with his father, his wife Gina and his daughter Hedvig. And a duck. And there’s about to be a new member of the household. Gregers Werle has just returned to town with some unfinished business that could shatter the little world Hjalmar has built around himself. Simon Stone has transplanted Ibsen’s characters into the contemporary world in a play tailor-made for an astonishing cast. A bittersweet portrait of family dysfunction, deception and denial.

Cast

Blazey Best
Brendan Cowell
John Gaden

Damon Herriman
Eloise Mignon
Anthony Phelan

Team

By Simon Stone with Chris Ryan after Henrik Ibsen
Director Simon Stone
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Niklas Pajanti
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Anne-Louise Sarks
Dramaturg Eamon Flack
Production Manager Glenn Dulihanty
Company Production Manager Chris Mercer
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Amy Morcom
Associate Lighting Designer Teegan Lee
Sound Operater Caitlin Porter

Image Gallery (2011 Belvoir season)

Production photos by Heidrun Lohr.

Video

Reviews

‘… this is an excellent piece of theatre, a new play placed solidly on Ibsen’s shoulders.’

Dagbladet (The Daily Magazine), Norway

‘devastatingly good… with a brilliant new script.’

Jo Litson, The Sunday Telegraph

‘punchy, thoughtful, moving… riveting’

Alex Lalak, The Daily Telegraph

‘This exciting new production showcases an incredible cast, whilst bringing an old story to a new audience with clarity and vigour…. The performances are stunning.’

Dee Jefferson, The Brag

‘This is a five-star review – it bloody well works… Every character is honest, believable and human… and it’s an excellent ensemble.’

Darryn King, Time Out Sydney