Writings, 1941

[Welcoming speech for the premiere of The Tinder Box]

Before the premiere of the Tinder Box, Bergman gave a small speech for the “Gentlemen of the city council, head of the city library, and honoured guests.”

About the text

The speech ends with a disclaimer:

Regarding the play about to be performed, I don't have much to say. For the most part, everything has been covered in the programme.

However, I would like to add one thing:

This performance is an experiment; an experiment where each of us have worked together to the best of our knowledge and ability.

As to whether or not we have succeeded, we cannot say. That decision falls first to you, and later to the a bit frighteningly young and unknown audiences to come.