Emma’s Nose

By Paul Livingston
Directed by Neil Armfield

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 18 May – 14 Jun 2001

    Freud is nervous. It’s 1895 and he’s just an historical footnote in the annals of psychiatry; but his mentor and inspiration Wilhelm Fliess is coming to town. Perhaps he can help Freud solve the unfathomable condition of one of his most difficult patients – Emma Eckstein. Perhaps Fliess can help Freud get to the heart of Emma’s real illness.

    Emma’s Nose is the story of an atrocity – and the horrific consequences of collaborative self-deception, as Freud aligns himself with one of the giants of German crackpottery. Two buffoons set about curing the world and their victim, Emma, pays dearly. Emma’s Nose is a darkly comic play; hilarious, savage and most remarkably, true.

    Specially commissioned by Belvoir, Emma’s Nose was written by Paul Livingston, (aka Flacco), a writer, actor, comic and animator.


    Tyler Copin
    Meaghan Davies
    Jacek Koman


    By Paul Livingston
    Directed by Neil Armfield
    Design Stephen Curtis
    Lighting Design John Rayment
    Sound Design Sam Petty
    Assistant Director Joseph Couch
    Music Alan John
    Musicians Romano & Rudi Crivici

    Production images by Heidrun Lohr

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