The Three SeagullsChekhov meets lip-syncing
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.
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?
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.
Welcome to our experiment – expect good acting, some subtext, and a lot of lip-syncing!
A Bristol Old Vic Theatre School Production. Devised together by the Company based on adaptations of The Seagull by Christopher Hampton, Anya Reiss and Stupid Fucking Bird by Aaron Posner.
"I am chomping at the bit to get back into a rehearsal room with a group of passionate and talented theatre-makers. I’ve spent enough time in forced solitary confinement and long for the connection with other like-minded collaborators. I can’t make theatre on my own.
Being given the opportunity to venture back into theatreland with the graduating BOVTS students is an honour and one that I am relishing. They are an inspiring bunch full of loud voices, imaginative thinking and an enormous dollop of talent. I can’t wait to be creating with them and share our discoveries with an actual audience. Bring it on."
Sally Cookson, Director