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The Doll House
By: Sarah Atchison, Shauntiara
Green, Danielle Walker
Theatre History
• Swiss theatre historically has been dominated by
religious themes
• During the 18th century the government
suppressed the performing arts, but in the 19th
century patriotic plays emerged
• During the Nazi period in Germany (1933–45),
Zurich's Schauspielhaus (German: “Playhouse”)
was an important centre for theatre, where many
refugee writers, directors, and actors performed
or staged productions.
Theatre History
• Nineteenth-century theatre describes a wide range of
movements in the culture of the 19th century.
• In the west, they include Romanism, melodrama, the
well-made plays of Scribe and Sardou, the farces of
• the theme of Realism in theater was likeness to life and
this movement sought to create theater that was a
laboratory for the nature of relationships.
• The goal of a realism-era play was to set forth a
functional or dysfunctional situation in an objective
manner to an impartial audience.
• The audience is meant to view the characters as a visitor
observes animals in a zoo.
• In 1914, the Bernese association devoted
to the protection of regional traditions
published a pamphlet criticizing what it
described as the nonsense surrounding
the styles in national costumes.
• In the 1920s, the artistic committee of the
Swiss Association called on artists
throughout the country to portray people in
traditional costumes
Costumes Continued…
Henrik Ibson
The Play
• A Doll’s house opens as Nora Helmer is
telling Helene to hide the Christmas tree.
• Nora is treated as a childish, silly woman
by her husband.
• a Doll’s house criticizes the traditional
roles of men & women in the 19th century
• To many Europeans, this was scandalous
The play continued
• 1897 play by Norwegian playwright
Hedrick Ibsen.
• Written 1 year after the Pillars of Society.
• The play was controversial when it first
came out because it is critical to 19th
century marriage norms
The play continued
• In Germany, the productions lead actress
refused to play the part of Nora unless
Ibsen changed the ending.
• In the alternate ending, Nora gives her
husband another chance after he reminds
her of her responsibility to their children
Swiss Food
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