“Sometimes when I watch humans I tend to forget that I am one of them, I drown in a disturbing dilemma of judgment, I lose the notion of time and space and pretend that everyone is blind, just like a film camera”

Henrik Ibsen is lost between being considered one of the founders of modern theatre and a pioneer in realism; he takes us on a journey to see the world of the theatre through his eyes. Peer Gynt, one of his most misunderstood works was our vehicle; the play marks the end of Ibsen’s verse dramas and the starting point of our exploration.

The Emperor Self is a Lehrstück production that challenges traditional theories of performance. Molded into a tale bursting with spectacle and adventure, from the Norwegian slopes of the troll mountain to the Egyptian Sphinx in the great dessert, Henrik Ibsen the poet, playwright, director and painter shares with us his eternal quest for beauty through his works.

“The Emperor self he chanted
Long live the Emperor we all replied”



Enkephale Theatre presents

Direction and Lighting Mahdi Yahya
Associate Director Oliver Dawe
Creative Associate Fleur Huyghues-Despointes
Set Sharon Davey
Costumes Clare Amos
Dramaturgy Nigel Gearing

Violin Clare Taylor and Jennifer Allum
Viola Richard Jones
‘Cello Valerie Welbanks

CAST: Caroline Amer, Geoff Arnold, Natasha Andrews, Tristan Brooke, Samantha Dakin, Michael Edwards, Jakie Haliday, Tom Larkin, Benjamin O’Mahony, Iestyn Thomas, Natalie Wallace.

Enkephale Theatre has received support from the Norweigan Embassy, London and NABROAD