Dramatic classic at unusual venue
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.