Dead Centre

Chekhov’s First Play

Dublin, Ierland

Dutch Première

Jose Miguel Jimenez

Dead Centre

Chekhov’s First Play

Dublin, Ierland

Dutch Première

Jose Miguel Jimenez

Dead Centre | Chekhov’s First Play

Unstageable play brought to the Romeo Tent stage

‘I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.’ Signed: Anton Chekhov. In 1921 Russian academics discovered a play that had been hidden in a safe by Chekhov’s sister during the chaos that ensued during the Russian Revolution. The title page was missing. Experts considered the play to be unstageable: too large a cast, too many themes, too much action. Yet the young Irish theatre company Dead Centre are making an attempt. In order to make some sense of the huge knot of cast members, themes, action and other confusing elements, the director will provide the audience with a running commentary via headphones. This will hopefully provide some insight into the chaotic mess that life no doubt is. Chekhov’s First Play is the opening performance of Noorderzon 2016.

“Compelling (...) gets to the heart of Chekhov without looking or sounding remotely like him”

- Financial Times

Trailer | Dead Centre | Chekhov’s First Play

Credits

Directors | Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Performers | Liam Carney, Breffni Holohan, Rory Nolan, Rebecca O’Mara, Annie Ryan and Dylan Tighe
Stage design | Andrew Clancy
Stage design and effects | Grace O’Hara
Sound design | Jimmy Eadie
Lighting design | Stephen Dodd
Costume design | Salog O’Halloran

Co-commissioned by | Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center, New York

Co-production | Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal (Rakvere) and TnBA (Bordeaux)

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

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