“Life on the whole is dull, dumb, dirty… Sucks you down, this life. Surrounded by kranks. Everywhere, kranks. You live with them two or three years and before you know it you’ve become a krank yourself. This is fate.” (Astrov. Act I)
An ageing irritable professor returns to his deceased wife’s country estate with his beautiful young wife, Yelena. The estate has been managed for years by the Professor’s daughter, Sonya and his brother-in-law Uncle Vanya. It is their self sacrifice and toil which has maintained his extravagant life style in the city. When the politically impassioned local Doctor Astrov is called to the house and meets Yelena, tensions spiral rapidly into a desperate comedy about unrequited love.
Chekhov’s characters exist on the brink of a new era; a new order is approaching. One they fear. Written 20 years before the Russian Revolution, what does this much loved play tell us about the world we live in today?
Taking Russia’s past as inspiration in this historic year Walter Meierjohann’s production, starring HOME’s Associate artist Katie West as Sonya, explores the acutely tragic and deeply comic spirit or Chekhov’s late masterpiece with a bold visual design and live music.