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A re-imagining of Ibsen's Hedda Gabler
Before the final curtain falls on the 2018 Season, Queensland Theatre presents HEDDA! Creatively reimagined and unapologetically brought to life at the Billie Brown Theatre in South Brisbane.

Running from the 10th of November to the 8th of December, Hedda is Queensland Theatre's spectacular way of going out with a BANG!

Unlike the original Hedda Gabler by Ibsen, this Hedda's story retold by Melissa Bubnic, lands us in the middle of the gritty Gold Coast's meth world. Hedda (Danielle Cormack), is strong, ballsy and determined. She comes from old money and did not marry a wealthy drug dealer to sit pretty in a 'monstrous' mansion or to be controlled. She will be who she is, do want she wants, whenever she wants it. We learn from almost the get-go, to thrive in this poisonous underworld, you need to have a little venom of your own.

The show is a full-on assault, while it distracts you with witty tongue lashes it's preparing to hit you in the gut with a truckload of emotions. You will be at the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Logie Award-winning actor Danielle Cormack (Wentworth) gives an intense performance as this self-serving anti-hero. She served Hedda up with a shadowy psychological edge. However, by the end of the show, Danielle managed to sell even Hedda's worst sociopathic tendencies in such a way that you begrudgingly sympathise with her character.

Bridie Carter (Mcleod's Daughters) who plays Thea Elvsted the bosses daughter and recovering addict was a clear stand out for me. I found myself so immersed in her performance that I felt almost compelled to stand up and help Thea.

The show is outstanding. It is directed by Paige Rattray and written by London-based playwright Melissa Bubnic. Starring Jimi Bani, Bridie Carter, Danielle Cormack, Jason Klarwein, Joss McWilliam, Andrea Moor and Helen O'Leary.

I was in New York last month and fortunate to catch a few Broadway shows. I mention this because the cast performances on HEDDA and most of Queensland Theatre's plays this year could rival any one of them. The calibre of our homegrown performers (this entire cast) should not be underestimated. When you buy a ticket to a Queensland Theatre production, you are going to see a world class show.

Tickets at queenslandtheatre.com.au or by calling 1800 355 528

CAST
Jimi Bani – Ejlert L๘vborg
Bridie Carter – Thea Elvsted
Danielle Cormack – Hedda Gabler
Jason Klarwein – George Tesman
Joss McWilliam – Judge Brack
Andrea Moor – Julia Tesman
Helen O'Leary – Berta

Paige Rattray - Director
David Fleischer - Designer
Kelly Ryall - Composer/Sound Designer
Emma Valente - Lighting Designer
Marcel Dorney - Dramaturge

Warning
This production contains strong coarse language, adult themes including domestic violence, graphic imagery and the use of herbal cigarettes and blank firearms.
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Why? They saved the best for last.
When: 10th Nov 2018 - 8 Dec 2018
Phone: 1800 355 528
Where: 78 Montague Rd, South Brisbane QLD 4101
Cost: $35 - $67
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