Chekhov's First Play
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.
Once in a generation, a theatre company emerges that shakes up all we’ve known. Ireland’s Dead Centre is that company - one of the most exciting new theatre ventures to emerge on the international scene in years.
With just three major works (Souvenir, LIPPY, Chekhov's First Play) completed, they are already being heralded as trail blazers.
Dead Centre was founded by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd in Dublin in 2012. Their first project Souvenir was created for Dublin Fringe Festival 2012 with guest performance following in 2013 in London and New York. LIPPY premiered in 2013 in Dublin and has since travelled to New York, Edinburgh, Glasgow, the Young Vic in London, and Schaubühne in Berlin. The most recent production Chekhov’s First Play premiered in late 2015, and has already played in the Schaubühne and the UK.
PORFIRY GLAGOLYEV Liam Carney
SOFYA YEGOROVNA Breffni Holohan
NIKOLAY TRILETSKY Paul Reid
ALEXANDRA IVANOVNA Kelly Campbell
ANNA PETROVNA Clara Simpson
SERGEY VOINITSEV Adam Welsh
Text: Anton Chekhov, Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Set Design Andrew Clancy
Sound Design and Composition: Jimmy Eadie
Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
Special Effects and On-Stage Design: Grace O' Hara
Costume Design: Saileóg O'Halloran
Prosthetics and Makeup: Bridge Lucey
Sound Assistant: Kevin Gleeson
Choreography: Liv O'Donoghue
Stage Manager: Bairbre Ní Aodha
Assistant Stage Manager: Hanna Bowe
Set Construction: Eugenia Genunchi
Production Manager: Nic Ree
Graphic Design: Jason Booher
Production Photography: Jose Miguel Jimenez
Direction: Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Producer: Matthew Smyth
WED 21–SAT 24 SEPTEMBER
Wed – Fri 7.30pm
Sat 2pm, 7.30pm
*Late-comers will not be admitted.
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