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A Dead Centre and Battersea Arts Centre Co-Production.
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain.
Co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Centre, New York.
Project co-produced by Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal (Rakvere), Le Théâtre National de Bordeaux en Aquitane and NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
'I'm having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race.
They can all go to hell.' Anton Chekhov
During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton's sister, placed many of her late brother's manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.
In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box and discovered a play.
The title page was missing.
The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action.
All in all, it's generally dismissed as unstageable.
Dead Centre's deconstructed and absurd take on Chekhov's First Play explores the essence of Chekhov and of performance itself.
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Performance days & times
Tuesday ‑ 8‑00pm
Wednesday ‑ 8‑00pm
Thursday ‑ 8‑00pm
Friday ‑ 8‑00pm
Saturday ‑ 8‑00pm
Author: Anton Chekhov, Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Director: Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel
Set designer: Andrew Clancy
Costume designer: Saileog O'Halloran
Lighting: Stephen Dodd
Sound: Jimmy Eadie and Kevin Gleeson
Production: Rachel Murray and Aisling Ormonde for Dead Centre