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"The greatest of the greatest" begins!

Updated: Apr 12, 2019

The mark up is done, the scripts have been printed and the props are in place - rehearsals for The greatest of the greatest have begun!

The greatest of the greatest - written by Eva Johansson and Louise Löwenberg a.k.a eva&louise, and translated from Swedish by myself - is a comedic play that examines the cult of the male creative genius and particularly its place in the theatre.

It takes place in a rehearsal room of a large Stockholm theatre and is based on the real life story of when two of Sweden's greatest theatre personalities, Thommy Berggren and Mikael Persbrandt, tried to create a masterpiece show about Persbrandt's life, and failed. Johansson and Löwenberg have thus imagined what might have happened in the rehearsal room of these two great men and the events and behaviours that led to the sold out show being permanently cancelled before it had even opened.

This play that portrays clashing egos and the struggle of becoming the rehearsal room alpha male is given another dimension as it is written to be played by women in drag. In this production I have the fortune of collaborating with two phenomenally talented and skilled female actors, Rosie Taylor-Ritson and Sophie Walter, who accept every challenge with a loud "YES!". We are surrounded by a team of fantastic women, especially our designer (and my ride-or-die-bitch in this production) Alana Ashley, who will be transforming Rosie and Sophie into middle-aged theatre men.

The greatest of the greatest is the end of course production of the MA in Drama Directing that I am studying at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and is thus part of the Directors' Cuts season at The Wardrobe Theatre.