"Coffee & Biscuit": A Variation on Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"

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2013

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Artistic adaptation is most often defined as the process of transporting or transforming a particular work of theatre to a different location, time period, or situation. This choice allows a play to be seen and understood in a new light, illuminating particular themes or ideas inherent to the script or story.

Coffee & Biscuit is a 1950's Technicolor variation on Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House in which we see Nora Helmer's perfect world of Hoovers and Jell-O molds topple around her. This darkly whimsical romp, featuring both puppets and live actors, is an adaptation that examines how a contemporary theatre audience can be provoked to question the gender roles constructed by society and the media.

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