Saturday, 7 November 2015

Preview: Three Sisters at Newcastle People’s Theatre

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 “If we don’t know what we’re here for, then our lives don’t have any meaning”

Three Sisters
Newcastle People’s Theatre
Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th November 2015

Olga is on the shelf at 28, the explosive Masha is alternately luminous and drained and Irina is a self-absorbed twenty-something, tortured by her banal job.

After the death of their father, an army general, these three sisters and their brother are left stranded in a provincial backwater.

Their dreams are focused on returning to Moscow, a city seen by them through a haze of delusions as a sophisticated centre of sunshine, refinement, and sensibility, in contrast to the banality, stupidity, and dreariness of their town.

But the dashing young officers at their father’s old garrison offer a tempting distraction …

A new “de-Russified” take on Chekhov
Ellie Pullen (Olga), Rye Mattick (Masha),
Geffen Yoeli-Rimmer (Irina), Sara Jo Harrison (Natasha)
Photo: Paula Smart
This new version of Chekhov’s masterpiece THREE SISTERS by Nicholas Wright (author of Vincent in Brixton) premiered at the National Theatre to rave reviews in 2003.

Wright’s makeover transforms this renowned classic into an urgent and contemporary family drama.

While this is the seventh time in our 100-year history that we’ve staged Three Sisters, Wright’s radical new take presents our audience with what is almost a new play – being seen in Newcastle for the first time.

Described by one critic as a “de-Russified” version, with edgier dialogue arising from a very free and contemporary translation, Wright’s interpretation takes us a long way from the traditional Chekhovian drawing room full bourgeois angst. Here the passion and despair is conveyed with feisty modern touches that resonate brilliantly with the original text.

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, a version by Nicholas Wright comes to The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF on Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th November 2015 at 7.30pm
TICKETS:     £13.50 (Concessions £11)
Box Office: 0191 265 5020

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