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

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Production photos by Heidrun Lohr