A young woman comes from another world to see if life is really as difficult as people make it out to be.
In Strindberg’s A Dream Play, written in 1901, characters merge into each other, locations change in an instant and a locked door becomes an obsessively recurrent image.
As Strindberg himself wrote in his Preface, he wanted “to imitate the disjointed yet seemingly logical shape of a dream. Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist.”
Caryl Churchill’s spare and resonant new version was first staged at the National Theatre, London, in a production by Katie Mitchell.