A Level Drama Students impressed by National Theatre Production of ‘Hedda Gabler’

Wednesday 25th January 2017

On 23 January 2017, our L6 drama students accompanied by Mr Godfrey and Miss Fitzgerald Wragg were very impressed by Patrick Marber’s new translation of Ibsen’s tragic play Hedda Gabler, which they will be writing about in their A level exam. The modern setting of this production certainly gave them food for thought.

Starring Ruth Wilson, Director Ivo van Hove’s production of Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’ was commented on by the girls as follows:

We sympathised with Hedda’s isolation in a world dominated by  academia. We didn’t see her as the usual manipulative woman, but more of a victim surrounded by bullies. When the thuggish Judge Brack (Rafe Spall) cornered her towards the play’s end over her destructive actions, we felt sorry for her.

Making his National Theatre debut, van Hove’s modern dress production of Ibsen’s 1890 play was chillingly atmospheric. The large, bare, chic room of Hedda and Tesman’s house was slowly bleached and drained by Jan Versweyveld’s powerful lighting. The only relief to the menacing, synthesised background music was the melancholy tune of Joni Mitchell’s ‘Blue’ between each scene. This helped to create a sense of great separation and disorientation, the production wandering ever further into Hedda’s isolation.

Mr Godfrey


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