The Dollhouse

Your home is regarded as a model home,
your life as a model life.
But all this splendor, and you along with it…
it’s just as though it were built upon a shifting quagmire.
A moment may come, a word can be spoken,
and both you and all this splendor will collapse.
– Henrik Ibsen

  • Writer
  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Set Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Costume Designer
  • Sound Designer
  • Producer
  • Premiere
  • Performers


Text about The Dollhouse

Nora and Torvald are cashed up and climbing: bespoke warehouse conversion, perfect children, and a shiny new job at a major bank for Torvald. Everything that Nora could want is due for Christmas.

Hysterical about sex, money and property. Subject to fierce yet mindless moralising, Nora's journey from yummy mummy to liberated woman is one of the most famous in theatre history.

In a vertiginous blend of the realities of the stage, it's technics, ritual and and repetition, Schlusser's The Dollhouse is a daring theatricalisation of Nora's mental landscape. A classic play masterfully transposed to contemporary domestic horror.

And you may ask yourself
What is that beautiful house?
And you may ask yourself
Where does that highway go?
And you may ask yourself
Am I Right?...Am I Wrong?
And you may tell yourself

David Byrne

Press and Reviews

" unerring, even poetic sense of theatrical rhythm that makes [the] investment in human minutae deeply riveting."

Alison Croggon, Theatrenotes as link 

"Critically engaged and beautifully performed."

Cameron Woodhead, The Age, as jpeg

"Raw and funny with a quietly devastating impact."

John Bailey, The Sunday Age, as pdf

  • "Rave review for adaptation of The Dollhouse." VCA Alumni News, as link
  • Paul Andrew, Interview with Daniel Schlusser, Australian Stage Online, as link




Images of The Dollhouse by Marg Horwell

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