Like an angle passing through my room

15 02 2011

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.

Himself…Christopher Green
Herself…Anni-Frid Lyngstad
Actor…Lloyd Thomas
Actress…Leah Brotherhead

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.








Bjorn at GayGala 2011 – Stockholm.

15 02 2011

This years Gay Gala was held at Circus in Stockholm last weekend. Special guest were Peter Joback, Sara Dawn Finer , Tommy Korberg and a bloke in a rather camp Mamma Mia! costume!!!!

All of Cirkus stands, cheering and applauding, excitement lifted the roof when Bjorn Ulvaeus made his entrance to award the prize for  “Gay Person of the year” in a Mamma Mia! outfit! (“And I you cannot see his package. Mamma Mia!”) He thanked the  gay public on behalf of the members of Abba. He spoke of how Abba went from hot to not Cool. But there was a world in which their status always remained high, it was among the gay community. He wants to celebrate all that ‘unlimited love’ they felt through the years from the gay community.

This year’s “gay person of the year” is Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin! The photographer who “broke through” with controversial Ecce Homo, which recently revealed a photographic exhibition of Jerusalem on faith and sexual identity, regardless of religion.

2011 “Gay of the year”: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

Tommy Korbeg

Radio Times (UK) article

11 02 2011

This weeks issue of radio times has a 2 page article regarding the Frida radio interview next week on BBC radio 4. The show will air on BBC Radio 4, Wednesday Feb 15th at 2:15pm.

The Story of: New DVD

4 02 2011

DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2011  Format: PAL / Region 2 Number of discs: 1 Classification: Exempt

Studio: IMC Vision Run Time: 50 minutes

Australian cover