125 years after its first production, Chekhov’s The Seagull still resonates today. Konstantin, a young playwright overshadowed by his famous actress mother, attempts to create a new form of theatre. So, what happens when we take three very different versions of the play and explore them through the students’ own perspective?
Endurance. That’s what show business is about. It’s not for the faint-hearted. Chekhov understood that. And so do the fourteen Bristol Old Vic Theatre School acting students who are about to graduate, having spent the best part of their final year masked up, sanitised and constrained. Olivier Award-winning director Sally Cookson (A Monster Calls, Peter Pan) weaves together three seminal adaptations – Aaron Posner’s Stupid, Fucking Bird, Anya Reiss’ The Seagull and Christopher Hampton’s The Seagull – to present possibly an entirely new way of experiencing theatre.