Danielle Cormack is an actor with the power and sense of danger you need to tackle one of drama's greatest heroines like Hedda Gabler.
Danielle Cormack is an actor with the power and sense of danger you need to tackle one of drama's greatest heroines like Hedda Gabler. Jonno Searle

Theatre season finale an extraordinary trio's tale

QUEENSLAND Theatre's season finale caps an extraordinary year when Danielle Cormack plays the Hedda audiences have been waiting to see in the Henrik Ibsen classic.

Opening on November 10 in the new Bille Brown Theatre, Hedda showcases a trio of talented women.

Danielle Cormack is an actor with the power and sense of danger you need to tackle one of drama's greatest heroines. Playwright Melissa Bubnic has the wicked turn of phrase and pitch black humour to bring a 19th century classic into the here and now. Director Paige Rattray has an ability to unleash performances that become seared into memory. Throw in a stellar cast and Hedda promises to be a must-see event.

Hedda Gabler story is one of railing against her life.

She didn't marry drug slinger George Tesman so she could play housewife in a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless rounds of Aperol Spritz. She wants more and now her old flame, Ejlert Løvborg, is out of prison and off the junk. Is he about to slice off a piece of George's empire? Maybe Hedda can pull some strings to work this to her advantage.

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.

"We were interested in taking one of the great female roles and tipping the idea of the tragic female-lead on its head," Ms Bubnic said.

"Our Hedda isn't a bored housewife. She's a woman with a huge amount of agency who wants to rebuild the family name and be autonomous, and she will do anything to make that happen. She's bold and brutal and takes no prisoners.

"It's set on the modern-day Gold, the family business is drugs and property development. It's a very high stakes world."

Hedda runs from November 10 to December 8 at the Bille Brown Theatre, Queensland Theatre.

For tickets, go to queenslandtheatre.com.au or phone 1800 355 528.


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