Friday, 20 November 2015 07:00

Ingrid is finally here!

Written by Ulf Persson

Ingrid & PetterIngrid with first husband Petter LindströmIngrid is finally here! What a thrill for me as author and director. Can hardly wait until 30 January when I will see her on stage surrounded by all her men and admirors: Petter, Capa, Hitchcock, Rossellini and Lars Schmidt.

Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) from Sweden was one of the world's most famous and loved film stars ever. She also went from saint to whore and eventually - but it took a long time - back to saint again. She left Hollywood - and her little daughter Pia - to go to Italy and work with Roberto Rossellini. She fell in love and stayed. Scandal! Moral outcry!

I fell in love with the story - and Ingrid - more than ten years ago. She originally started as an idea for a musical. I met a composer but - alas! - it came to nothing. Then I left her be for 10 years, moved to Finland, reread her autobiography, wrote a play in Swedish for a competition. Didn't win. Very strange! Now she is here. In English!

We've already had one reading (thanks all!) and I've had a very good (including the wine) meeting with my co-director Anna. And now? Back to the script. There's work to be done! Here's looking at you, kid!