A fresh, Clown adaptation of Chekhov, hilarious - with an emotional punch.A lake. A dead bird. Four Chekhov fanatics. Leaping into action, eager to lose themselves in the lives of Arkadina, the famous actress, her son, Konstantin, and their lovers, they discover unexpected comic opportunities. Their enthusiasm and innocence allow us to see Chekhov anew. We will laugh but their delicate handling of tragic scenes will move us. There will be irreverence, but not parody, as they remain faithful to Chekhov’s themes. What starts as a game turns deadly serious.Playing with tragedy has deadly consequences.
“Extraordinary energy, fantastic changes of persona, very funny.”
“very funny and moving”
“fabulous acting. Inspired use of props. Just a wonderful performance. Thank you!”
“the multi-rolling was really interesting”
"What not to like - first class."
“Clowning sits well with the tragic elements of the play and your performance last night was very enjoyable.”
"Make the first half more fast paced. Otherwise fantastic!"
"Hilarious clever comedy!"
'Wonderful commitment of the cast - credible and absurd at the same time."
"Good acting, funny and serious. Story-line too jumpy and a bit confusing."
"Excellent and interesting array of dramatic techniques."
"Perfect blend of emotion and physicality. Will remember this."
" Perhaps a clearer story-line in the first half. Thoroughly enthused by the second half."
"A tragedy that Cranbrook didn't deliver a full house."
"You moved from burlesque to pathos and it was stunning."
"Totally unexpected, a brilliant version." 'Laughed and cried and loved every minute."
"I was enthralled by all of you." "What an amazing interpretation of a gloomy play."
" The show was great. I actually forgot there was only 4 actors."
"liked the imaginative way 4 actors can do 10 parts."
"Acting was fantastic. I loved the set, the music. I wish I could see it again and again."
"Last scene before the shooting was haunting!"
"Really clever interpretation. Very funny and physical. Brilliant final image."
"Deeply moving. Loved the end."
"I absolutely adored the show. As an A Level student it allowed me to see a different aspect of theatre." "The wheelchair snoring old man was brilliant!"
"I really liked how there was quite a persistent emotional "vibe" throughout the piece."
"I particularly enjoyed the interactions with the audience"
"Refreshing yet in line with the key themes!"
Twenty-two dates: National tour