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Tuesday 2nd July at 7.30 pm

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Of all of Ibsen's dramas, Ghosts is easily the most controversial as well as being one his most performed. When first  published  readers rejected the play and refused to buy it. Theatrical companies also found it too dangerous to risk offending their local communities.  It was pivotal in introducing a new, more realistic way of presenting life on stage. The play is crammed tight with social and sexual themes such as attacks on religion, the defence of free love, mention of incest and syphilis that challenged the conventional moral code.  Ghosts comes from a period in Ibsen's career during which he wrote about social issues that disturbed him and his audience, with the hope that examining such unpleasant truths would lead to social change. In this play, he is unmasking the hypocrisy that is usually behind memorials to great civic leaders. It remains his most popular and influential play.

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