Opening on Saturday November 10 in the new Billie Brown Theatre, is the brilliant production of ‘Hedda’ starring Logie winning actor, Danielle Cormack. Playwright Melissa Bubnic has the wicked turn of phrase and pitch black humour to wrench a 19th-century classic into the here and now. Along with director Paige Rattray who has the ability to unleash performances that become seared into memory. Throw in a stellar cast and Hedda promises to be a must-see event of 2018.
The story follows Hedda Gabler, railing against her life. After refusing to marry drug slinger George Tesman, so that she wouldn’t have to play a housewife in the Gold Coast with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless amounts of Aperol Spritz- she longs for more. With her old flame Eljert Lovborg, who is recently out of prison and off the junk, she is out to get what she wants and anyone in her way is collateral.
The story is brought to life by a collective of Australia’s great stage and screen talent – Danielle Cormack needs little introduction after owning powerful female characters in Wentworth and Rake; Jimi Bani returns to Queensland Theatre fresh from the critically acclaimed My Name is Jimi national tour; the Helpmann-nominated stage powerhouse Jason Klarwein was last applauded in the Twelfth Night; Joss McWilliam brings over 30 years of experience in standout roles; NIDA graduate and leading actor Bridie Carter (McLeod’s Daughters) makes her debut with Queensland Theatre, while multi-award nominated Helen O’Leary (Packed to the Rafters, The Strip) also debuts with Queensland Theatre. Completing the casting coup is nationally celebrated actor-director, and Queensland Theatre audience favourite, Andrea Moor.
London-based playwright Melissa Bubnic is returning to Australia for the opening and said her adaption of Hedda had been two years in development with Queensland Theatre. She explains the reason for making the George Tesman character a drug slinger, “I didn't feel that academics arguing over the meaning of life and losing a manuscript felt inherently dramatic to me for today's audience. Drugs, violence, death - all of that felt immediately higher stakes. This is a world where if you make a dud move, the consequences can be catastrophic.”
The play is showing from Saturday November 10 - Saturday December 8 at the Billie Brown Theatre.