A product of renown Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen, Hedda Gabler has long been considered a classic piece of theatre. The role of Hedda has captured the imagination of generations of directors of actors, which now includes St Andrews student theatre company Sonder Theatre.
The selection follows Sonder’s history of choosing thought-provoking, challenging works. Hedda herself is a compelling yet complicated character, played in this performance by Mishia Leggatt. Tired of married life and possessing a proclivity for manipulation, she dominates every character in the play. Director Joanna Bowman describes the role as being one with “proper meat for a female actor,” something to properly sink one’s teeth into.
Hedda Gabler marks Sonder Theatre’s first production at the Byre Theatre. It is a story that “pushes the boundaries of love with catastrophic consequences,” and it will surely transfix St Andrean audiences as it has many before us.