This is a story about love. The unconditional love of a devoted fan. Summer 2006: Christopher Green meets Anni-Frid Lyngstad aka Frida from Abba. He is the after dinner entertainment. She is a dinner party guest. What starts as a ‘I’m your biggest fan’ conversation turns into a long chat about the nature of loving someone you’ve never met. From Olivier award-winning writer Christopher Green.
Directed by Claire Grove
This play is about being a fan. About a real and an imagined intimacy. Christopher Green, the creator of glorious comic characters like Ida Barr and Tina C, and devoted Frida from Abba fan, takes us back through events in his past when his life has intersected with hers. Chris aged nine, singing like Frida in music and movement. Chris seeing Frida as a red-haired role model. Chris writing a one-man show about Abba with Bjorn and Benny’s approval. And then out of the blue he finally meets her. Devoted fan meets gracious star. They talk and a connection is made. They are about to have more in common than either of them could possibly know.
This is a project several years in the making, what started as an upbeat reflection on fame and the notion of being a fan, has developed into a meditation on the communication between two people and coping with the blows life deals. Green’s partner died shortly after recording the interview with Frida, in which they talked about her long recovery from the death of her husband in 1999. This play is deeply personal and reflective but with a firmly comic sensibility. The journey takes in life and death, and some of the territory in between, with a heavy emphasis on pop music.
Christopher Green’s work is shamelessly entertaining: from the political bite of country music icon Tina C (star of three Radio 4 comedy series, with a fourth on the way), and Ida Barr star of Radio 4’s Artificial Hip Hop, to recent commissions from the RSC, the Tate gallery, the V&A, the Science Museum and the Barbican.
FRIDA IN BUSH HOUSE
- Wed 16 Feb 2011
BBC Radio 4