Queensland Theatre’s new production Hedda,which transports Henrik Ibsen’s classic play to “a monstrous Gold Coast mansion with white leather couches, blingy chandeliers and endless rounds of Aperol Spritz”, began two years ago when the company’s then Associate Artistic Director Paige Rattray threw an idea into the ring.

“I was interested in looking at the ‘great’ female roles in the canon and re-imagining the women not as tragic victims of circumstance but people with agency, drive...

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