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The Master Builder
by Henrik Ibsen

Next Best Thing productions - The Master Builder

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February 28th , March 1st 1995
Norwich Arts Centre

Charles Marenghi
Simone O'Neill
Kelly Westlake
Ben Shepherd
Lizzie Hodgson
Tim Grey
Will Bird

Directed by Will Bird
Produced by Stuart Berry
Music by Edvard Grieg

In complete contrast to our first production, the huge white contemporary space of the UEA Studio was swapped for the damp and dark Gothic setting of the converted church which houses the Norwich Arts Centre. This suited the period setting we adopted for Ibsen's nightmarish tale of a man driven mad by his sense of guilt. Remaining faithful to the writer's nihilistic vision with haunting lighting, antique period costumes and the music of Grieg bringing a Scandinavian masterpiece to life for a whole new generation. It was a bold move and a great learning experience for everyone involved. Charles Marenghi brought his usual gravitas to the part of Solness, with Simone O'Neill superb as his broken, vulnerable wife, Aline.

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