Part of Soho Theatre On Demand Film Festival, Fri 4 Feb – Sun 13 Mar. A new festival of theatre, online and on demand. HEDDA (after Ibsen) is available to rent Fri 4 - Sun 13 Feb.
David Hoyle stars in this world premiere, cinematic theatrical reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Created, written and directed by Jen Heyes. Composed by Tom Parkinson
Hedda is beautiful, aristocratic, and intelligent, loaded with social grace and a steely, clear, dispassionate charisma. Life really isn’t good enough for Hedda. Like any of us, in life there are moments when we feel that this frustrating business of existence — as lived on our darkest days — really isn’t good enough for us either.
Set in a Lynchesque inspired world of dream imagery, drama, bespoke sound design, music and chanteuse style singing; the iconic avant-garde performer David Hoyle is HEDDA in this one-person, cinematic theatre reimagining of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, created and directed by Jen Heyes with original composition by Tom Parkinson. HEDDA (after Ibsen) moves past the obvious to create a darkly surreal show that doesn’t reduce it to our binary traditions. As Ibsen said ‘Hedda is first and foremost a human being’.
Shot on location at Soho Theatre, HEDDA (after Ibsen) is a story of many faces, the absolute power of manipulation, influence, the control of obsession and dark psychological unrest. It’s a 21st century unpicking of Ibsen’s original text from inside the hinterland of Hedda’s imagination. Unkind, self-serving and bored with all life has to offer; we first encounter this flawed femme fatale the morning after they return from a 6-month honeymoon to their newly acquired villa filled with expectation of their future life of ease and affluence. In reality, Hedda has only 2 pistols, an old piano and a portrait of a dead father; symbols from a past life, to cling to…
HEDDA (after Ibsen) is presented by CutToTheChase productions in association with Soho Theatre and was originally commissioned by The Arts Centre, Edge Hill University. It has been funded by Arts Council England, The Arts Centre, and Soho Theatre.
Photography by Lee Baxter.