Yep, it’s Chekhov’s masterpiece but definitely not as you know it. Vinay Patel’s re-imagining of the play relocates it to the future, in a starship travelling billions of miles and light years from earth and in search of a new home. But when a habitable planet is spotted not everyone wants to get off. Some want to stay on board and continue in the way that they always have but others see it as an opportunity to make a new life and a different future. This sounds like one of the boldest and most imaginative premieres of the Autumn season and the added bonus is that it’s directed by James Macdonald.
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? 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. This show contains moments of strong language and mild physical violence.