Terry Johnson’s brilliant comedy and farce takes its inspiration from history, when in 1938 the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí paid a visit to Sigmund Freud who had recently escaped Nazi Europe and settled in London.
Dalí was a fan of Freud, to the point of obsession and in his memoirs Dalí wrote: In the evening I held long and exhaustive imaginary conversations with Freud; he even came home with me once and stayed all night clinging to the curtains of my room in the Hotel Sacher (The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí:1942).
Little is known of their actual meeting, however Dalí sketched Freud whilst they met and he later wrote: Freud’s cranium is a snail! His brain is the form of a spiral – to be extracted with a needle! This discovery strongly in uenced the portrait drawing which I later made from life, a year before his death (The Secret Life of Salvador Dalí: 1942).
Terry Johnson’s Hysteria imagines the fallout when two of the twentieth century’s most brilliant and original minds collide. Hysteria also imagines that Freud received another surprise and unwanted guest who rattles and disturbs the founder of psychoanalysis and holds him accountable to a terrible truth.
Darlinghurst Theatre Company produces and presents the Sydney Premiere of Hysteria.
‘HYSTERIA’ BY TERRY JOHNSON
Location: 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Previews: 31 March – 2 April
Season: 5 April – 30 April
Tues – Sat: 7.30pm
Sat matinees: 22 & 29 April at 3pm
Duration: Approx 2 hours (with interval)
TICKETS AND INFORMATION
www.darlinghursttheatre.com / 02 8356 9987
Standard $54, Concession $44, Groups (8+) $44, Industry* $38, Under 30* $38
*Available Tue, Wed & Thu Only
Q&A’S WITH CAST AND DIRECTOR, SUSANNA DOWLING
9 & 23 March after 5pm show
Director: Susanna Dowling
Production Designer: Anna Gardiner
Lighting Designer: Daniel Barber
Sound Designer: Katelyn Shaw
Stage Manager: Amy Morcom
Film Concept: Vitor Queiroz
Cinematographers: Julian Tynan and James Fraser
Hair and Makeup Artist: Martelle Hunt