Season 2013


// A thriller of charismatic attraction


An actress loses her power to speak and soon finds the boundaries between her identity and that of her nurse dangerously unstable. Adena Jacobs’ astonishing re-imagining of Ingmar Bergman’s iconic film was performed to universal praise from critics and audiences alike in 2012.

Now, Malthouse Theatre rekindles the flame that lies at the heart of this quietly devastating work.

Jacobs’s direction was miraculous; the piece not an adaptation of the film but a reimagining. Jacobs is one of the hot new talents of Australian theatre – her work [is] austerely intelligent and elegant, generating a potent emotional force.


Persona is electrifying ... an act of majestic ambition and an affirmation of what great theatre can do.

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Based on the film by / Ingmar Bergman
Directed by / Adena Jacobs                                      
Translated by / Keith Brad Eld
Set & Costume Design / Dayna Morrissey              
Lighting Design / Danny Pettingill
Sound Design / Russell Goldsmith                           
Voiceover Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Stage Manager / Lisa Osborn                                    
Assistant Stage Manager / Noah Sharwood
Conceived by / Adena Jacobs, Dayna Morrissey & Danny Pettingill
Performers / Alex de Vos, Julian Mineo, Meredith Penman, Daniel Schlusser, Karen Sibbing


Saturday, 29 June

A production with Fraught Outfit presented by Malthouse Theatre.

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Josef Weinberger Ltd London. Translation provided by Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd. The Australian premiere of Persona was presented by Fraught Outfit in association with Theatre Works in 2012.

Key image photography by Scottie Cameron.  
Art Direction/ Chase & Galle