Dra­matic clas­sic at un­usual venue

Central Leader - - News - By Kylie Robert­son

Iconic night­club The Bird­cage will be rein­car­nated as 19th cen­tury Rus­sia for a pro­duc­tion of Chekhov’s Three Sis­ters.

Arch Hill res­i­dent Madeleine Hy­land, co­founder of theatre com­pany Peripeteia, says she knew it was the right place for the show.

“It suits the 19th cen­tury style of the play.”

It’s not the first time the com­pany has cho­sen an un­usual venue. Their last big pro­duc­tion The Tem­pest was per­formed at Hawke Sea Scout Hall.

Madeleine’s part­ner Trygve Wak­en­shaw, who also runs his own theatre com­pany, will act along­side her in Three Sis­ters.

Both agree that venues should be cho­sen to suit the au­di­ence and the play.

“Hav­ing a place that isn’t a theatre can be more com­fort­able for the au­di­ence be­cause it puts them at ease, which may mean they are more will­ing to show up,” says Trygve.

Three Sis­ters, by An­ton Chekhov, fol­lows a fam­ily in Moscow, Rus­sia, in the 1800s.

Madeleine says she’s al­ways wanted to do the play and is ex­cited that she is fi­nally putting it to­gether.

“It was one of those shows where I said to my friend: ‘We have to do Three Sis­ters one day’, and now I am, so that’s great.”

Madeleine says she loves work­ing with the 14-strong cast be­cause ev­ery­one is equally in­ter­est­ing.

“I love do­ing things with big en­sem­bles. You get a huge mix­ture of ex­pe­ri­ence,” she says.

The pair are co-founders of very dif­fer­ent theatre com­pa­nies.

Madeleine’s leans to­wards in­no­va­tive ver­sions of the clas­sics, while Trygve en­joys the ab­surd.

His com­pany, Theatre Beat­ing, uses a mix of clow­nesque, vaudeville and phys­i­cal theatre.

“That’s what I like about theatre – the magic and the sur­re­al­ness,” he says.

In Septem­ber Trygve is head­ing to Paris to study un­der Phillippe Gaulier and learn more about phys­i­cal theatre, mime and move­ment.

Three Sis­ters is at The Bird­cage from to­mor­row to Au­gust 30. Tick­ets from Tick­et­mas­ter.

– Kylie Robert­son is an AUT jour­nal­ism



Theatre buffs: Part­ners Trygve Wak­en­shaw and Madeleine Hy­land will be work­ing to­gether for the fourth time in the up­com­ing play Three Sis­ters.

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