“The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation...”
On a moonlit evening on a decaying Russian country estate, guests gather outside to watch the first performance of a young man’s new play, acted by his sweetheart and aspiring actress Nina. But as familial and romantic relations stretch to breaking point, the pressures of art and of celebrity begin to reveal a much deeper anxiety about each person’s sense of the world and their tiny place within it.
Boldly honest and richly symbolic, Chekhov’s first major play is brought to the Playhouse stage by University of Oxford Student Company and Illyria Productions in an effort to explore the despairing power of love and the symptomatic struggles of the artist as he strives to make his voice heard above the silent din. Raw, beautiful and darkly comic.