As Black Mirror returns to our screens with its well known tropes of black humour and dark portrayals of human existence it is always good to note that pre-technology, art has been dealing with emotional humour and the effects of a lived life. Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, in an important new version by David Watson, shows the difficulty of attempting to keep the allusion of a happy family and the eventual toll it takes on a family as the truth unravels. With direction by Polly Findlay, who has multiple credits at The National Theatre and the RSC, the after-effects of adultery and reckless alcoholism are brought into sharp relief when the son, Oswald, returns to the family home with his mother, Helen, played by Niamh Cusack (pictured). This is a play that highlights the ghosts that live with us and possibly never leave us. An always important message in a world that can seem to leave constant ghosts around us.
Fri 18 Nov – Sat 3 Dec, Home, 2, Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester M15 4FN. Tel: 0161 200 1500, times & prices vary, http://homemcr.org/production/ghosts/
- Joe Daly
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- Tue 29 Nov 2016