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Three Sisters

Written by Anton Chekhov

20th March - 14th April 2018 

The Brockley Jack Studio, London

Adapted & Directed by Ross McGregor

Assistant Directed by Beatrice Vincent

Lighting Design by Ben Jacobs

Sound Design by Alistair Lax

Movement Direction by Will Pinchin

Dramaturgy by Victoria Llewellyn

Musical Direction by Elliot Clay

Intimacy Direction by Yarit Dor

Photography by The Ocular Creative


Cornelia Baumann - Olga

Susan Baskerville - Anfisa

Claire Bowman - Masha

Ashley Cavender - Fedotik

Freddie Cambanakis - Rode

Victoria Llewellyn - Irina

Stephen MacNeice - Kulygin

Conor Moss - Tuzenbach

Spencer Lee Osborne - Andrei

Pearce Sampson - Solyony

Allan Stirland - Ferapont

Hannah Victory - Natasha

Andrew Wickes - Chebutykin

Toby Wynn-Davies - Vershinin

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Stephen MacNeice as Kulygin
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Conor Moss as Baron Tuzenbach
Pearce Sampson as Solyony
Claire Bowman as Masha
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“To Moscow, to Moscow…” The renowned lament in Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters still manages to conjure up some of the most fundamental issues that plague our quotidian lives today. Ross McGregor’s new version of this great classic evokes the Chekhovian existential essence that troubles the Prozorov sisters: Irina, Masha, and Olga respectively. But, it’s not all too dreary, however, as the Arrow & Traps’ interpretation generates a wonderful snapshot of life in provincial Russia in a time gone by.

The performers act graciously and at times manage to genuinely capture elements of the Russian mentality and soul. This is most apparent when they break out into the traditional Russian folk song Kalinka. Led by Tuzenbach (Conor Moss), who is deeply in love with Irina the youngest of the three sisters, the song engrosses the audience and generates an intimate excitement. Undoubtedly, this is the highlight of the play.

This interpretation of Three Sisters generally holds true to the original script of the play but mixes both the new and the old. There includes a whole array of music; modern and contemporary songs, and older tunes, as exemplified above. The play includes a few minor alterations to the script and includes a present-day vernacular which isn’t really in keeping with Chekhov’s unique style. Although the play’s set emulates the Russia of old, these minor differences make the piece more accessible to a modern audience and help the Western viewer better grasp the Russian mindset and the actual point of the play.

The beauty of Chekhov’s Three Sisters is the stark portrayal of human beings, their shortcomings, and the overhanging mood which flows incessantly throughout life. Ultimately in Chekhov’s chef-d’oeuvre, life will go by and present dilemmas; it will mostly be full of dull moments and a few joyful events. On the whole, this feeling has been well captured by Arrows & Traps. So, if you’re mad about Chekhov, then this is a play not to be missed. If you’re new to him and fancy the experience of a great Chekhovian classic whilst glimpsing an insight into an age no longer, then the Arrows & Traps production offers a pleasant rendition of a timeless classic. It encapsulates that sense of longing that ties the three sisters and other characters to their daily existential problems in a charming manner; always leading back to that inescapable quandary. “To Moscow, to Moscow.”

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