Henrik Ibsen’s ‘Ghosts’ at AF Bangalore

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Described as the Father of realism, the Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet Henrik Ibsen is often credited with being one of the founders of modernism in theatre. An influential figure of his time, Ibsen continues to remain the most frequently performed dramatist in the world today after Shakespeare. In homage to this creative genius, the Pune-based theatre group The Drama Queens organised two performances of the dramaturge’s play Ghosts on July 6 in the Alliance Française de Bangalore auditorium. Both performances were directed by Vasudev Menon.


Written in 1881, Ghosts remains a relatively under-explored Ibsen play in terms of the number of dramatic performances. A scathing commentary on 19th-century morality, it tells the story of a woman who is stuck in an unhappy marriage with a philanderer suffering from a mental illness. Her husband’s death fails to alleviate her sorrows as she soon discovers that her son has inherited the illness. Ghosts has many parallels with Shakespeare’s Hamlet – both plays explore the themes of ghostly hauntings, madness, and patriarchal control and oppression.

Ghosts is the fifth production of The Drama Queens – a theatre group which is dedicated to producing and performing theatre in English. Comprised of people of different age groups and from various walks of life, the company is passionate about narratives that speak of tradition versus modernity, the workings of gender roles and spaces, the Self, the Other, and community. An important facet of the group is theatre education wherein actors, sound technicians, light technicians, production managers, designers, and directors can all get trained under one roof. Finally, The Drama Queens prides itself on the versatility of its female actors who often bend gender and play male roles.

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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Rédacteur/Coordinateur national : Siddharth Bhatt

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