[Foreign Affairs] presents the world premiere of The Helmer Project, a powerful double-bill of gripping Scandinavian dramas that cut to the heart of the human condition. Henrik Ibsen’s powerhouse classic A Doll’s House (1879) and Jakob Weis’ hard hitting modern day sequel Helmer Hardcore (2007) will be performed in rep for the first time, at The Rose Lipman Building, East London. This joint presentation allows the two plays to thematically enrich one another, giving rich context to Weis’ work and allowing Ibsen’s masterpiece to be viewed in a fresh light.

2 – 22 November 2015

The Rose Lipman Building
43 De Beauvoir Rd
N1 5SQ

Performance 7:30pm
(Doors 7pm)

A Doll’s House
2, 4, 6, 11, 13, 19 Nov at 7:30pm; 14, 15, 21 Nov at 3pm

Helmer Hardcore
3, 5, 7, 12, 14, 18, 20, 21 Nov at 7:30pm; 22 Nov at 3pm

It is possible to see both productions on Saturday 14 or on Saturday 21 Nov.

A Doll’s House

Henrik Ibsen, 1879
Translated by Siân Mackie and Paul Russell Garrett
World premiere of a new English translation

When a long held secret is finally revealed, Nora’s marriage is threatened and all she thought she held dear begins to crumble around her.
This newly commissioned translation of A Doll’s House explores the roles that society impose on women, showing Ibsen’s radical work to be as relevant today as it has ever been.

Helmer Hardcore – A Doll’s House 2

Jakob Weis, 2007
Translated by Paul Russell Garrett
World premiere of the first English translation

Set in the present day, Helmer Hardcore akes place in the Helmer family bathroom the day after the events of A Doll’s House. Written by award-winning Danish playwright Jakob Weis, Helmer Hardcore delves into the A Doll’s House character Torvald’s extreme reaction to the events of Ibsen’s classic, and is a brutal dissection of 21st century masculinity confronting its own social identity.


Debbie White


Hugo Trebels

Mr Chinaman

Jason Denyer

Doctor Rank / The Doctor

Krzysia Balińska


Matt Kyle


Polly Attala

Mrs Linde / Kristine

Trine Garrett


Will Timbers

Torvald / Helmer


A Doll’s House
Direction – Camila França

Helmer Hardcore
Direction – Trine Garrett

Light Design – Roland Glasser
Sound + Video Design – Kamal Prashar
Technical Stage Manager – Ria Samartzi
Movement Advisor – Alessandra Armenise


Roland Glasser, The Stanleys, Kamal Prashar, Fiona Watson, MK Films, Brandon Force, Nenagh Watson, Blind Summit

Thanks also to everyone who helped and contributed to our ‘Scandilous Fundraiser’ and to all our Kickstarter backers! A big shout out to you all!