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ghosts adFrom Sunday 19th until Saturday 25th January Incognito Theatre in Friern Barnet will be presenting Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen. Incognito's small but perfectly formed auditorium is the perfect place for this intense exposition of claustrophic small-town life.

The original performances of Ghosts created much controversy. The play pushed at existing boundaries with its sexual themes, including infidelity, prostitution and incest, and the questioning of traditional values.

The original title of the play is difficult to translate into English. Ghosts is certainly not a tale of the supernatural. What Ibsen means by ‘ghosts’ is what is passed on to us by generations that have gone before. One of the key themes of the play is the conflict between Mrs Alving and Pastor Manders, as she starts to question the role that is expected of her in conventional society.

Linda Shannon is a highly experienced director who has assembled an extremely talented cast. She comments: “We have made this classic play more accessible to a modern audience with a new adaptation specially written for Incognito that enables the actors to focus on natural ways of speaking. During rehearsals we have worked hard for each actor to understand what underlies the motivations of each character. This is a play about secrets. Each character has their own secrets and the drama unfolds as these secrets are gradually revealed.”

Maria Casey as Mrs Alving and Jeremy Davies as Pastor Manders in rehearsal for GhostsMaria Casey as Mrs Alving and Jeremy Davies as Pastor Manders in rehearsal for Ghosts

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Some comments from audience members:

“What a treat. The play kept the audience absorbed from the start. The story is so well told by a stellar cast of actors. The set is fabulous and the view from the large windows is breathtaking, you can almost smell the mountain air!”

"Immediately from the beginning we felt we were almost in that garden room! The time just fell away as you were totally absorbed by the clever storyline, not to mention the great acting. Thank you Incognito for such an enjoyable evening.”

“A taut, well-executed production of a hard-hitting and devastating play. The small cast work brilliantly together as the story reaches its devastating conclusion. Perfect costumes and an evocative set.”

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