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)
VenueDarlington Arts Centre, Vane Terrace, Darlington, England
Umbrella EventTo commemorate centenary of Ibsen’s death
First Date18th May 2006
Primary GenreTheatre
Secondary Genre
Ian AbbeyActorHomi Babha, Editor of the Peoples Messenger (Hovstad)/ Havildar Hungal, an ex-Indian army officer (Captain Horster)
Sohn KapilaActorPuja, the Somnaths daughter (Petra)/ Bhopali, journalist at the Peoples Messenger (Billing)
Rober MountfordActorDr Tushar Sonath, Medical Officer (Dr. Thomas Stockmann)
Sharona SassonActorMrs Leela Somnath, the doctor’s wife (Mrs Stockmann)/ Alok Sen, Printer (Aslaksen)
Gordon WarneckeActorMr. Prem Somnath, the Mayor (Peter Stockmann)/ Malviya Khel, Mrs. Somnaths father (Mr. Kiil)
Jatinder VermaAdaptation
Jatinder VermaAssistant Director
Claudia MayerCostume Designer
Claudia MayerDesigner
Jatinder VermaDirector
Jvan MorandiLighting Designer
Henrik IbsenPlaywright
Fergus O’BrienSound Designer
Claudia MayerVideo
Claudia MayerVideo Designer
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Performance languageEnglish
Further Information1 Performance. 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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