The Present

2 Sep 2015

Roslyn Packer Theatre$25/Student, $12.50/PSFP

SYDNEY THEATRE COMPANY AND UBS PRESENT
THE PRESENT
AFTER ANTON CHEKHOV’S PLATONOV
BY ANDREW UPTON
WORLD PREMIERE

Love will tear us apart


Anton Chekhov’s first play was a sprawling, unstructured epic but it marked out the style and themes he would return to in his later masterworks from The Seagull to The Cherry Orchard. It remains a mysterious, unpolished gem.

The manuscript, left unpublished until almost two decades after Chekhov’s death, lacked a title. Over the years it has inspired various adaptations – Wild Honey, Fatherlessness, The Disinherited – but it is most commonly referred to as Platonov, the name of the man at its centre. And yet, the play has always contained another extraordinarily rich and complex character – that of Anna Petrovna.

Taking on these roles are the fearsome talents of Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Irish director John Crowley, renowned for his work on the West End and Broadway, brings his lean and precise theatrical vision. And, as with his 2010 adaptation of Uncle Vanya, Andrew Upton lends his distinctive voice, brimming with vitality, to this tale of yearning, vodka and shattered dreams.

"It’s better to say it’s the gun that is accurate, not the marksman. That way, pulling the trigger isn’t such a big deal.”
Anna Petrovna


Duration: 2hr 30mins (Including interval)

DRAMA STAGE 6
• Links to Significant plays of the 20th Century: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov
• Fusion of Tragedy and Comedy
• New adaptation
• Eclectic performance styles: Naturalism and Multidisciplinary Theatre

ADVANCED ENGLISH
• Links to Advanced English, Module B: Critical study of texts. Prescribed text: The Seagull by Anton Chekhov

THEMES AND IDEAS
• Lust and temptation
• Shattered dreams
• Tormented generations
• The ‘disinherited’
 

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