Vinay Patel’s sci fi adaptation of The Cherry Orchard sees an old starship travel through space, in search of a planet to call home. Like their ancestors before them, the crew were born on this ship, and this voyage is all they’ve ever known.
And then… a planet is spotted. In a place they could actually live.
The crew are restless. The desire to find a home is strong.
But Captain Ramesh is adamant that they can’t leave the ship.
Something has to change.
Will they leap into a new future, or stay stuck on this journey forever?
Patel’s playful reimagining of Chekhov’s classic play expertly blends humour, wit and romance to explore themes of family, belonging and home.
Vinay Patel is one of the country’s most promising young writers. Best known for the smash-hit, BAFTA nominated BBC drama Murdered by My Father, Patel has recently contributed to episodes of Doctor Who, as well as writing the critically acclaimed True Brits (Edinburgh Fringe 2014) and An Adventure (BUSH Theatre 2016). Last year it was announced that Patel would write on Netflix’s television adaptation of One Day.
A Yard Theatre, ETT and HOME co-production, co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre and ETT
“Thoughtful, funny and suffused with romance and yearning.”
“Vividly imagined. An emotionally textured and heartfelt adaptation.”
“Audacious and inventive.”
Hear Writer Vinay Patel and Actress Anjali Jay talk about this sci fi adaptation of The Cherry Orchard
Vinay Patel – Writer
James McDonald – Director
Rosie Elnile – Designer
Max Pappenheim – Sound Designer
Jai Morjaria – Lighting Designer
Heather Cooper – Company Stage Manager
Devika Ramcharan – Deputy Stage Manager
Sussan Sanii – Assistant Stage Manager
Malena Arcucci – Costume Supervisor
Lewis den Hertog – Video Designer
Chittal Shah – Choreographer
Amy Ball – Casting Director
Nico Rao Pimparé – Assistant Director
Tomás Palmer – Design Associate
Helen Rappaport – Literal Translator