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.
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 photos by Heidrun Lohr