Text by Anton Chekhov, Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel

Best Sound Design, Irish Times Theatre Awards 2015

An essay on Chekhov, theatre
and life. Deeply moving.
Süddeutsche Zeitung

A brilliant endeavour. Riveting to watch.
Irish Times

An iconoclastic and joyful
version of Platonov. Returns us to
the essence of theatre.
 Le Monde

Compelling. Gets to the heart of Chekhov without looking or sounding
remotely like him
Financial Times

Original Cast
 Rory Nolan, Rebecca O'Mara, Annie Ryan, Dylan Tighe, Breffni Holahan, Liam Carney
Set Design Andrew Clancy
Effects and Onstage Design Grace O'Hara
Costumes Saileóg O'Halloran
Light Stephen Dodd
Sound Design Jimmy Eadie and Kevin Gleeson
Choreography Liv O'Donoghue

Direction  Ben Kidd and Bush Moukarzel
Producer  Matthew Smyth

Trailer Jose Miguel Jimenez
Graphic Design Jason Booher
On-tour team Eugenia Genunchi, Kevin Gleeson,
Bairbre Hughes, Ellen Kirk, Nicola Zeidler

“I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.” 

Anton Chekhov

During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late
brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow. In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play.

The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters,
too many themes, too much action.
All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable. Like life.

Chekhov's First Play opened Sept 2015 at Samuel Beckett Centre, Dublin as part of Dublin Theatre Festival

Chekhov's First Play was made possible by a Project Award from the Arts Council of Ireland. It was developed with the help of Battersea Arts Centre and co-commissioned by Battersea Arts Centre and Irish Arts Center.  Co-production: Dublin Theatre Festival, Baltoscandal and TnBA. Project co-produced by NXTSTP, with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. Ongoing touring supported by Culture Ireland.

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April - Schaubühne, Berlin
May - Mayfest at Bristol Old Vic
July - BaltoScandal Festival, Rakvere, Estonia
August - Noordezon Festival, Groningen, Holland
September - Brisbane Festival, Australia
October - TnBA, Bordeaux

May - Theatre Vidy, Lausanne, Switzerland
August - Helsinki Festival, Finland
September - Tbilisi International Theatre Festival, Georgia
October - Vie Festival, Modena, Italy
November - Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg

September - ITA, Amsterdam
October - Romanian International Theatre Festival, Bucharest
November - BAC, London