Carly and Troy Do ‘A Doll’s House’

A hilarious eclectic gender mash up at Crack Theatre Festival

Article by Cassandra Ramsay @cassramsay 


Carly and Troy Do ‘A Doll’s House is a show about theatre, about how we view and revere classics, about what we want, about what the audience wants… but mainly about what Carly and Troy want.


In just one hour Carly (Carly Young of re:group performance collective) and Troy (Troy Reid of Applespiel) will present their own adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s ‘classic’ A Doll’s House, culminating in a mash-up of pop-culture, drag, feminist analysis and a lot of butcher’s paper.


“For this show we are looking at gender and the ways stereotypes are enforced through mainstream media and pop-culture” says director/devisor Carly, who has studied at the University of Wollongong, Lancaster University and The ANU School of Music. We’re also considering how ideas can get trapped in cultural icons from other times.”


The work reflects Carly’s interest in pursuing her directing practice informed by discussions of feminism and gender representation, specifically through the lens of historical texts. Carly and Troy Do A Doll’s House has also been an opportunity for the dramaturg/musician/director/arts festival veteran to explore a more image-based approach to her practice. “I’m inspired by images, inequality, immersive visual imagery, crappy DIY aesthetic, mashing things together and pulling them apart” she says.


The two performers have also collaborated with Set and Lighting Designer Emma Lockhart-Wilson and video designer David Molly. The work was developed through PACT Centre for Emerging Artists’ Vacant Room program under the mentorship of playwright and theatre maker Declan Greene (Sisters Grimm) and with the support of playwright/director Mark Rogers was presented by Woodcourt Art Theatre.


“It literally started as a joke” laughs Carly. “We made a joke about it while shopping at Eveleigh Markets. Troy later made a joke to me about directing it. I made a joke to Mark Rogers about putting it in the Woodcourt Art Theatre season. Then he programmed it and we had to make it


If you’re in the mood for a bit of Ibsen during Crack Theatre Festival (or more accurately in the mood for some hardcore fun featuring Baz Luhrmann, Beyonce and gender bending with a bit of Ibsen in the mix) be sure to come along and see how it pans out when Carly And Troy Do A Doll’s House’.

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