ARC and The Curators welcomes diversity of all kinds and acknowledges the traditional custodians of whose unceded lands on which we meet, gather, and work. 
We pay our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.

"The company brings the classic to life in a creative way, but does so in a manner that fosters refreshed audience interest in the playwright”
Meredith Walker

Photography by Helen Strube

Production Sponsor:

Magda Productions

Magda Community Artz


Helene Alving has desperately kept secrets for too long. Now, she will finally exorcise the memory of her famous but debauched husband. With the return of her beloved artist son from years of exile in Paris, Helene is determined to liberate them both from the taboos of their dark past. But salvation is elusive and history inescapable.  Will her only child pay the ultimate price? 

Originally banned from performance when first written in 1881, Ghosts has come to be considered one of the greatest plays of the modern era. The great Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, rips through the plastic wrapping of society to expose archetypal truths about love and living in this Greek-like tragedy of mythic proportions. He reminds us that ghosts take many forms, that as we grow older we become the ghosts of our past choices, beliefs and desires - mourning lives not lived.

In the 21st century, Ghosts is reawakened as a culture war. At its centre is Helene Alving, one of the greatest female roles in western drama. Fiercely, she rides into battle like a Valkyrie possessed in the defence of her own child. It's the contemporary grenade that Ibsen intended when he wrote his revolutionary play almost one hundred and forty years ago.

Ghosts shatters belief systems, unleashing a war on complicity, sexism and morality whilst exposing middle-class hypocrisy – smashing the cornerstones of life itself. The battleground is set. In this blistering world, it will be a fight to the death.  Truth versus Deceit. Life versus Death. Ice versus Fire.

In this graveyard of memories, winter hunts us down!


Original graveyard photography by Tom Coyle, with Lisa Hickey as Helene



“Ghosts remains the great historical example of a single play’s power to disturb.” New York Times
"The Power to Shock Endures" Daily Telegraph
"Terrifically Compelling" The Independent

Ghosts - Henrik Ibsen - The Curators Brisbane


Helene Alving

Lisa Hickey

Pastor Manders

Tom Coyle


Patrick Shearer


Lauren Roche


Warwick Comber

Director / Designer

Michael Beh

Sound Designer

Brian Cavanagh

Lighting Designer

Bethany Scott

Voice Consultant

Helen Howard

Stage Manager

Elizabeth Wherrett

Assistant to the Director

Matthew Hodgson

Installation Realiser

Design Bordello


Jan Mandrusiak

Sound Technician

Nick McMillan


Maureen Frame
Leigh Coyle

Production Photographer

Helen Strube

Ticketing & Website

Peter Crees

Front of House

Adrienne Costello
Amanda McErlean