With the direction of Ana Tankosić a group of senior students at the English Department adapted screenplay of Nora „A Doll's House“ by Henrik Ibsen and played a theater play for students and staff of the International Burch University and guests on 30th of May. The play raised a substantial amount of the money for the charity aimed at flood relief in Bosnia, which was already given to charity institution.
PLOT: Written in 1879 by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, A Doll’s House is a three act play about a seemingly typical housewife who becomes disillusioned and dissatisfied with her husband.
After the play we had a chance to chat with players of two main characters, Nesrin Elghezewi (Nora Helmer) and wldin Milak (Torvald Helmer).
“The process of preparation lasted about 6 month and it included working till late hours of the day, but luckily we had a support form professors” they said at the beginning of the conversation, and continued with expression of their special thanks to National Theater for borrowing the costumes for the play.
Nesrin Elghezewi, as Nora, talked about her view of the character ”she (Nora) is tormented between going into the world to find out who she was, and between staying with her husband and children. In the original play she leaves, but in this play it was left to the audience to interpret is she leaving or is she not.” Nesrin said that it was challenging to play a main role because the text was very long, she had to memorize over 60 pages of text, and also it was very stressful to be on the stage all the time.
A second reason why it was difficult are Nesrin’s feminist stand views, which made her more difficult to play, as she said “a role of a women who was stripped of her rights, and existed as a second class citizen at her own home”.
Eldin Milak, as Thorvald also explained his experience. “Torvald was demanding character, mainly because he differs sharply from the modern day image of man; he is oppressive and condescending to his surroundings. It is hard to sympathies with a character like that and that is why is hard to play it as well”.
However thanks to a brilliant supporting cast and a well organized production and direction, students managed to prepare a stage worthy adaptation, and received a lot of positive feedback. On behalf of the cast Nesrin and Eldin expressed special thanks to University management for their financial support to the professors at English Department, and most notably professor Alpaslan Toker.
Later, students were received at the Rector’s Office by the Rector, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Uzunoğlu, who congratulated them and wished them more of success.
Characters and Cast:
Nora Helmer – Nesrin Elghezewi
Torvald Helmer – Eldin Milak
Dr. Rank – Mustafa Luboder
Kristine Linde – Amina Bektaš
Nils Krogstad – Kenan Kadušić
Anne Maries – Melina Mešanović
Helene – Selma Salihagić
Directed by Ana Tankosić