Brisbane Festival presents

Chekhov's First Play

21 - 24 Sep
Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre
Dead Centre (IRELAND)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

During the turmoil of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Chekhov’s sister placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts in a safety deposit box. In 1921, Soviet scholars opened the box and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found had too many characters, too many themes, too much action. Generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Chekhov before he was Chekhov.

Chekhov’s First Play is a wrecking ball riff on the play, Chekhov, the theatre, life, death and pretty much everything else.

Brisbane Festival's Artists in Residence collapse life into art and show that the leading character can be any of us.

And if it’s all too much, headphones are provided so you can listen to the director’s live – and very surprising – commentary.

Chekhov's First Play is part of a Festival Focus: Irish Rebellion.


Chekhov's First Play is part of the Festival Focus. Click here to take part in the Festival Conversation about Ireland.


Contains haze, nudity, strong language, smoking on stage, sexual references, loud sudden noises and pyrotechnics. Headphones are provided and worn throughout the performance.
Co-produced by Battersea Arts Centre and supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The project was originally co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. This show was funded by the Irish Arts Council and the tour is supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.
Photo By: José Miguel Jimenez
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Wed – Fri 7.30pm
Sat 2pm, 7.30pm



Adult $42

Concession $38


*Late-comers will not be admitted.

Duration : 65 minutes
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Brisbane Powerhouse - Powerhouse Theatre

119 Lamington Street
QLD 4005

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