Thurs 3 Oct
Theatrical Niche return to Stantonbury Theatre to present Chekhov's tragicomedy in a bittersweet, multi-disciplinary new adaptation.
Isolated and seemingly beyond help, the weary inhabitants of one country household plunge head over heels in lust when a beautiful stranger arrives. As the owner announces the estate sale for his own gain, the strains of repression and a chaste rural life begin to bubble among the hard-working occupants, until Uncle Vanya himself hits a palpable boiling point.
Director Nadia Papachronopoulou and Artist Lily Hunter Green infuse this production with an examination of contagion and the 'Hive Mind', creating a unique showcase of art intertwined with this Russian masterpiece of desperation and the undeniable need for affection, at all costs.The violent spread of discontent onstage mirrors the decline of the Bee. Art & Physical Theatre draw parallels between the hapless protagonists and our neglected countryside population: what happens when you don't look after the workers?
This production is in partnership with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, and will be spreading awareness for their cause during the tour (as well as collecting on their behalf after shows).
The press on Theatrical Niche:
★★★★★ "Truly phenomenal... West-End worthy" Colchester Life
★★★★½ "Inspired... hones in on the psychological... " Breaking The Fourth Wall
★★★★ "Finely-timed, energetic... clever and entertaining" Live Theatre UK
Photo credit Ali Wright