Event An Enemy Of The People
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DescriptionA diasporic (South Asian British), postcolonial, transcultural adaptation of An Enemy of the People, set in colonial India in 1882 (i.e. the date of publication of Ibsen’s play in Norway). / Tour opening at artsdepot (Pentland Theatre), London, England. / Tour: / 29. and 30.03.2006 (3 performances): artsdepot (Pentland Theatre), North Finchley, London. / 04. and 05.04.2006 (2 performances): Oldham Coliseum Theatre, Oldham. / 07. and 08.04.2006 (2 performances): Peepul Centre, Leicester. / 25. - 29.04.2006 (5 performances): Citizens´ Theatre, Glasgow. / 03. - 06.05.2006 (4 performances): Lichfield Garrick, Lichfield. / 16.05.2006 (1 performance): Queen´s Hall, Hexham. / 18.05.2006 (1 performance): Darlington Arts Centre, Darlington. / 19. and 20.05.2006 (2 performances): Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. / 23. - 27.05.2006 (7 performances): Lighthouse Poole, Poole.
VenuePentland Theatre, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London, England
Umbrella EventTo commemorate centenary of Ibsen’s death
First Date29th March 2006
Last Date30th March 2006
Primary GenreTheatre
Secondary Genre
    • Drama
  • Web: Ibsen.net
Text: ArticleLink to Resource
444386Abbey, IanIan Abbey379ActorHomi Babha, Editor of the Peoples Messenger (Hovstad)/ Havildar Hungal, an ex-Indian army officer (Captain Horster)
444384Kapila, SohnSohn Kapila379ActorPuja, the Somnaths daughter (Petra)/ Bhopali, journalist at the Peoples Messenger (Billing)
444382Mountford, RoberRober Mountford379ActorDr Tushar Sonath, Medical Officer (Dr. Thomas Stockmann)
444383Sasson, SharonaSharona Sasson379ActorMrs Leela Somnath, the doctor’s wife (Mrs Stockmann)/ Alok Sen, Printer (Aslaksen)
444385Warnecke, GordonGordon Warnecke379ActorMr. Prem Somnath, the Mayor (Peter Stockmann)/ Malviya Khel, Mrs. Somnaths father (Mr. Kiil)
444378Verma, JatinderJatinder Verma389Adaptation
444379Mayer, ClaudiaClaudia Mayer387Costume Designer
444379Mayer, ClaudiaClaudia Mayer376Designer
444378Verma, JatinderJatinder Verma375Director
444380Morandi, JvanJvan Morandi380Lighting Designer
426902Ibsen, Henrik JohanHenrik Johan Ibsen386Playwright
444381O’Brien, FergusFergus O’Brien381Sound Designer
Production NationalityEngland
Performance languageEnglish
Further Information27 performances in total. / Source: Newspaper reviews, the director’s note on the adaptation, published interviews with the director, DVD of the adaptation obtained from production organisation (Tara Arts). / Set to a small town in British India in the 1880s. / Synopsis (quoted from the programme): / A town in north India in the 1880s becomes an experiment by the British administration in Indian civic rule. The town´s Tank (large well) is a famous pilgrimage site and therefore a source of its wealth. Dr Somnath, medical officer of the town, discovers the Tank´s holy water is polluted. He attempts to safeguard the health of local citizens and pilgrims alike by proposing a radical solution. But his brother, Prem Somnath, the Britishappointed mayor of the town, is opposed to the idea. / The local press and small business interests initially support the Doctor in his fight with his brother - until the Mayor reminds them of the consequences of following the Doctor´s recommendations. The pilgrims who flock to the town are essential to the economy of the town. It becomes clear that Dr Somnath´s challenge is not only to the notion of holy water but also to the vested local financial and political interests - the mayor, the businessmen, the press.
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