The Seagull - Adelaide Festival 2014

2014-02-21 20:00 - 2014-03-16 16:20

The Seagull - Adelaide Festival 2014

When: 21 Feb - 16 Mar 2014
Where: State Theatre Company Scenic Workshop, Adelaide Festival Centre

Xavier Samuel

Xavier Samuel ©State Theatre Company of South Australia Kris Washusen

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State Theatre Company's 2014 season opens with one of the greatest plays of the modern era - Anton Chekhov's The Seagull as part of Adelaide Festival.

In this new adaptation by celebrated Australian playwright Hilary Bell, The Seagull will be performed in traverse staging in the Company's Scenic Workshop.

Following the romantic and artistic conflicts between four characters: the famous middlebrow story writer Boris Trigorin, the ingénue Nina Zarechnaya, the fading actress Irina Arkadina, and her son the symbolist playwright Konstantin Tréplev, The Seagull explores emotion, creativity and romantic conflict with the incisive clarity of a doctor and the passionate heart of a poet.

Young star Xavier Samuel returns to his home-town to play the tortured Konstantin. After success in Hollywood for films such as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Anonymous, Drift, and most recently starring alongside Naomi Watts in Two Mothers, Xavier returns to his first love, the stage, in this exciting production. Joining him after a decade long absence is ex-State Theatre Company Artistic Director Rosalba Clemente in the role of the fiery Arkadina.

The creative team behind The Kreutzer Sonata - director Geordie Brookman and set and lighting designer Geoff Cobham - return to the atmospheric surrounds of the Scenic Workshop in the heart of State Theatre Company for this special festival event.

Geordie Brookman said: "I've been waiting a long time to direct Chekhov and when the combination of Xavier, Rosalba, Hilary Bell, the festival and the intimate setting of the workshop came together it was irresistible."

 

"The Seagull was labelled a comedy, but it's a dark one that veers off into tragedy… in that sublimely concentrated way of Chekhov's." - LA Times

 

Writer: Anton Chekhov
In a new adaptation by: Hilary Bell
Director: Geordie Brookman
Set and Lights: Geoff Cobham
Composer/Musician: Matthew Gregan

 

Cast includes: Matilda Bailey, Paul Blackwell, Rosalba Clemente, Terence Crawford, Lizzy Falkland, Lucy Fry, Matthew Gregan, Renato Musolino, Chris Pitman and Xavier Samuel.

 

Tips
- Australian Premiere
- 2 hours 20 minutes (including interval)
- Artist talk: Post show Tue 11 Mar 6pm in venue

 

Adelaide Festival 2014
Adelaide Festival of Art (Adelaide Festival), founded in 1960 by Sir Lloyd Dumas and Professor John Bishop of University of Adelaide with Edinburgh International Festival's experience, is one of the seven major festival activities in Australia. The formerly South Australia-based biennial festival turned an annual event in 2012 and propelled South Australia to be distinguished for 'state of festival'. 2014 Adelaide Festival will be held at February 28 to March 16, 2014, it comprises about 50 events including drama, music, dance, visual art and film with 13 Australia and 4 world premieres.

 

Tickets: $30-$67
Tel: 61-8-82164444
Add: Festival Drive, off King William Road, Adelaide SA, Australia
Web: Adelaide Festival 2014

 

*Information provided by Adelaide Festival 2014

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