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The Cherry Orchard

An old starship travels through space, almost at the speed of light, searching for a home billions of miles from earth.

Like their ancestors before them, the crew were born on this ship, this voyage is all they’ve ever known. And then—

A planet is spotted

In a habitable zone!

Imagine what we could do with the place

It’s a miracle

But not everyone wants to see it. 

Captain Ramesh is adamant that they can’t leave— but the downdeckers are getting restless—something has to change. Will they leap into a new future, or stay stuck on this journey forever? 

Vinay Patel reimagines Chekhov’s bittersweet play for 2022 and beyond, in a world premiere production directed by James Macdonald

Strap in and if you hear “brace” then brace.

BRACE!

 

A Yard Theatre, ETT and HOME co-production, co-commissioned by The Yard Theatre and ETT

Creative Team

Writer: Vinay Patel (he/him)

Vinay’s debut play, True Brits, opened at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014, before transferring to the Bush Theatre and Vault Festival. His latest play, An Adventure, ran at the Bush in 2018 and was revived at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton in 2022. His first piece for television, Murdered By My Father, won the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama and was nominated for three BAFTAs. Vinay was named a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit for his work.

He has since written for Paines Plough, ITV, Channel 4 and the BFI, as well as contributing to the bestselling collection of essays, The Good Immigrant. Most recently, Vinay wrote for the 11th and 12th series of Doctor Who – receiving a Hugo nomination for both his episodes – and is developing further projects for TV, theatre and film.

Director: James McDonald (he/him)

Designer: Rosie Elnile (she/her)

Sound Designer: Max Pappenheim (he/him)

Lighting Designer: Jai Morjaria (he/him)

Deputy Stage Manager: Devika Ramcharan (she/her)

Assistant Stage Manager: Sussan Sanii (she/her)

Costume Supervisor: Malena Arcucci (she/her)