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The Seagull - Sidetrack Theatre
4 - 27 June, 2010
"This seagull soars...... ambitious and beautifully realized
Sydney theatre-going is all the richer for this production."
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov
in a new version by Christopher Hampton
Robert Alexander Dorn
Zoe Carides Irina Arkadina
Katharine Cullen Masha
Mathew Edgerton Trigorin
Kade Greenland Medvedenko
Lincoln Hall Yakov
Monroe Reimers Shamreyev
Lizzie Schebesta Nina
Genevieve Mooy Polina
Nicholas Papademetriou Sorin
Josh Wakely Konstantin
Stephanie Begg Maid
Director: Kate Gaul
Designer: Andy McDonell
Lighting Designer: Luiz Pampolha
Composer: Daryl Wallis
Assistant Director: Lara Kerestes
Associate Designer: Maggie Brink
Production photography by Heidrun Lohr.
The Seagull was written in 1895 and first produced in 1896 It dramatises the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the ingenue Nina, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Treplov, and the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin.
Kate Gaul directs this pacy and very modern adaptation of Chekhov's first great play (in a new version by Christopher Hampton) which lays bare its comedy and its cruelty. Whether it's love, sex, fame, or simply a trip into town, each character is denied the thing they most crave. This is an extraordinary cast who have come together to explore this ordinary group of people going about the business of life and love.
“It’s exciting to have such an experienced cast of actors working alongside the talent of those new to the profession. As the characters explore their own hopes and dreams we are reminded of our own fears and failings, the inexorable passage of time and the bitter sweet fragility of human life.
I am bowled over by the sheer comic beauty of this play in which Chekhov focuses on the obsessions that drive artists and the tragedy of despair. The play was radical in its day and I hope that we will expose its revolutionary force in our very contemporary interpretation.” Kate Gaul
WHAT THE CRITICS SAID:
Is this one too many good great reviews??? http://www.sydneyartsguide.com/View-Review.asp?ReviewID=629.
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The latest rave: http://augustasupple.com/2010/06/the-seagull-siren-theatre-company/
Here's a review by Diana Simmonds: http://www.stagenoise.com
Another excellent wrap!: http://whatsonsydney.blogspot.com/2010/06/seagull.html
The reviews keep coming: http://eightnightsaweek.blogspot.com/2010/06/review-seagull.html
Check out this interview with Director Kate Gaul: http://www.stagenoise.com
Check out our mini-trailer:
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