An isolated home on a lonely island. A marriage. Alice and Edgar aren’t popular, and they’re not particularly happy. In fact, they loathe each other, and have done for 25 years. Their mutual antipathy is blackly hilarious and seems to have its own equilibrium.

Into this duet of recrimination and resentment comes Kurt, Alice’s younger cousin. Kurt has a grudge against Edgar that goes way back. Alice senses a lever to gain the upper hand. Edgar is an old soldier, though; he knows how to keep his feet. And so the dance begins, a whirl around the stage until it’s hard to know who’s dancing with whom.

Judy Davis directs Colin Friels, Pamela Rabe and Toby Schmitz in one of the best theatrical marriage battles ever written. We can’t wait.

Supported by The Chair’s Circle

* This running time is an estimate only. Please check again closer to opening night for updates.

Source: belvoir.com.au

Photos by Daniel Bound, Lisa Tomasetti

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Colin Friels
Pamela Rabe
Toby Schmitz


By August Strindberg
Director Judy Davis
Literal translation May-Brit Akerholt
Set Designer Brian Thomson
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Matthew Scott
Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Stage Manager Luke McGettigan
Assistant Stage Manager Todd Eichorn

Performance Times

Tuesday & Wednesday 6.30pm
Thursday & Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 10 November
6.30pm, 11 November
8pm, 13 November

Opening Night (invitation only)
8pm, 14 November

Post-show Q&A
20 November, directly following the performance

Thursday Matinees
1pm, 29 November
1pm, 6 December

Audio-described Performance
2pm, 8 December

Captioned Performance
2pm, 15 December

Unwaged Performance
2pm, 20 December

Belvoir Briefing
6.30pm, 1 November

Running Time
Approx. 2 hours & 30 mins inc. interval *

The cast and creatives of Strindberg’s trailblazing work, The Dance of Death (1900), discuss the play’s inherent darkness and the enduring power of a tortured marriage laid out on stage.