“Elsa turned me into a dramatist." You cannot write about Astrid Lindgren’s plays without first telling the reader about the librarian, Elsa Olenius. Elsa was working at promoting good children’s literature and culture, and had started up an amateur theatre for children, called Our Theatre. She asked Astrid to write some children’s plays for her to use. In 1946 Astrid wrote her first play for this theatre – a one-act criminal comedy. After that she continued writing plays for them, about Pippi Longstocking and Kalle Blomkvist, Master Detective, amongst others.
For anyone putting up a play for a public audience, knowing that no one else is doing the same or a similar piece at the same time is crucial to avoid unnecessary competition. To keep track of all requests and rights, we turn to publishing houses specialised in theatre plays. They have all the approved scripts and whomever wants to put up a play can get expect good support in the process of choosing the right script.