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Two of the nation’s favourite young thesps reunite for Simon Stone’s deconstruction of an Ibsen fable

Henrik Ibsen's The Wild Duck is a warning on the perils of truth-telling. It revolves around the Ekdal family and the arrival of family friend Gregers Werle, an idealistic soul who believes in always telling the truth – even at the cost of the happiness of the Ekdal family. Ultimately, Gregers' rampant honesty leads to a number of shattered lives.

Adaptor/director Simon Stone has put this single tragic event at the centre of his production. "I'm looking at the same characters and actions from a different point of view," he says. "I wanted to propose exactly the opposite [of Ibsen]: suicide is an enigmatic, confusing, awful, tragic thing that happens that we will never be able to understand – and therefore we can't actually blame anyone. You see the same event five times from everyone's point of view, so there isn't the objective narrative of the original – just a confusing quagmire of potential reasons."

Ewen Leslie and Toby Schmitz interview

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Merlyn Theatre
113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

Telephone 03 9685 5111

Price $26.00 to $58.00

Date 17 Feb 2012-17 Mar 2012

Open 7.30pm

Director: Simon Stone

Cast: John Gaden, Anita Hegh, Ewen Leslie, Eloise Mignon, Anthony Phelan, Toby Schmitz

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