Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius.
This is not a play about right or wrong; it is an honest portrayal of the agonies of love and art and the comic tragedies born of this struggle. In his seminal work, Chekhov lays bear the insecurities and blinding desires of a colourful cross section of Russian society which still evokes resonant parallels with today’s wants and needs.
The play unfolds against the backdrop of a tranquil lake, a constant reminder of nature and simplicity, which serves to bring into stark contrast the chaos which ensues at a large manor house ensconced in the provinces of Russia circa 1890. We follow ten separate lives as they fight for love, artistic integrity, worth and happiness. Arkadina, a famous but now ageing actress dominates with a vanity born of success as her son, Konstantin, strives to gain his mother’s love, to define himself as an artist and win the heart of Nina – a poor country girl with aspirations of becoming an actress for which she is prepared to sacrifice everything in her life. With the arrival of Trigorin, a famous writer, in the thrall of Arkadina, the true struggle begins as Nina falls madly in love with him – igniting jealousies and fears which ultimately lead us to tread the path of tragedy.
Front Foot Theatre’s immersive production of The Seagull brings to life Chekhov’s masterpiece in a refreshing and innovative new direction. Utilising the Meisner technique, director Sebastien Blanc’s vision is to create a theatrical experience that lives moment to moment, free of all routine and which captures the true heart of human struggle.