This liberal adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” by Les Antonietes can be seen up until the 29th of June
Individual truth versus a community lie, an act of rebellion against conformism and the lack of morals of the majority of the population are all ideas that renowned playwright Henrik Ibsen instilled into the plot of An Enemy of the People, written in 1882. With Oriol Tarrasón as director, the Sala Muntaner is currently hosting a liberal adaptation of the play by theatre company Les Antonietes; a synthesis of the Ibsen text inspired by the tragic possibilities of the central character.
Stockmann pits the solitary protagonist of the play against the community of the spa complex where he works when his discovery that the waters used in the spa stem from contaminated sewers endangers the continuance of the highly lucrative project. As expected, the proposal to close the business in order to carry out the necessary reforms goes against the interests of the town, which is governed by Stockmann’s brother, and his determination provokes a series of conflicts and power struggles in the very heart of the community.
An austere mise-en-scène and a revitalised cast of five actors (Òscar Muñoz, David Vert, Annabel Castan, Mireia Illamola and Santi Ricart) are the principal ingredients of this adaptation of Stockmann, which distils Ibsen’s characteristic text, transforming it into a more direct theatrical exercise. The result is a modernised version of the classic which nonetheless retains the intention of the original, viz, to place in doubt the supposed rationale of the majority.
Stockmann can be seen in the Sala Muntaner up until the 29th of June and tickets are prices at 18 € and 20 €.
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