A Competitive Deconstruction of Ibsen’s Greatest Heroine.
Hedda is the role that “every actress” wants to play. Hedda is “Hamlet for women”. Hedda would rather die than be trapped in a domestic life.
Hedda Gabler was a Feminist battle-cry in 1891, but 130 years later, do we need more stories about bourgeois angst and pretty-dead-women?
Hedda GablerGablerGabler combines scenes from Henrik Ibsen’s script with a series of competitive tasks. Each night, three actors will compete against each other to decide who will get to play Hedda in each scene. The roles will not be predetermined. The competitions will be real.
Blurring the worlds of fiction and reality, Hedda GablerGablerGabler will interrogate each actors’ personal dedication to this iconic part. Why are we so obsessed with Hedda? What does it mean to play her? And how should we interact with the scripts of our past?
“Vital and enlightening […] Risky and lively […] The stakes are very high in these drama games.”
– Suzanne Sandow, on Hedda GablerGablerGabler (2019) for Stage Whispers
Conceived and directed by Mary Angley
Co-created and performed by Caithlin O’Loghlen, Emma Jevons, and Sarah-Jayde Tracey
Dramaturg: Meta Cohen
Lighting Designer: Harrie Hogan
Sound Designer: Olivia McKenna
Stage Manager: Brooke Simmonds
Production Manager: Max Woods
Content warnings: This show contains references to suicide, stylised use of guns, strobe lighting, sexual references, coarse language, loud noises, fake blood, and fire.