Burning House bring Summerfolk to Theatre Works this March

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 26-Feb-2017
A large ensemble of friends are on vacation. They are the quintessential Summerfolk... #SummerfolkBH #BurningHouseMelb
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland St, St Kilda
Date: 23 to 26 March, 2017
Time: Thurs - Sat 7:30pm, Sun 5pm (Preview Thurs 23 March)
Ticket: $28 Full, $20 Concession and Preview, $22 Grps 8+
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A large ensemble of friends are on vacation. They are the quintessential 'Summerfolk'. Isolated and shielded from the tumultuous events of an empire in upheaval, these Summer guests are free to enjoy life at leisure in the Russian countryside. In whatever way they choose...

Featuring a massive 17 strong cast, this ambitious new adaptation by emerging independent company Burning House takes a rarely performed classic work, and transplants it in modern day Australia. Written by one of Russia's most profound writers, activists and Nobel Prize winners, Maxim Gorky"s 'Summerfolk' comes to life for FOUR SHOWS ONLY from the 23rd until the 26th of March at Melbourne"s much-lauded Theatre Works in St Kilda.

Director Robert Johnson discusses the allure and challenges of the production, "With a cast of seventeen, we spent a lot of last year building a really strong ensemble. It"s a huge play for us - not just in size but in range, and it really challenges audiences to look at how they live and embrace life to a large degree. It"s very beautiful."

Written in the months leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1905, 'Summerfolk' is heavily influenced by the work of Anton Chekhov. It was written not long after his death, and is set in the same year. Originally intended to run from 8 to 9 hours in length, it"s a powerful piece infused with the anger and energy of a nation dissatisfied with its way of life. It is not a play of barricades, blood on the streets or backroom political deals. It is an invitation to live and embrace a life of passion, fulfillment, and agency.

With two successful productions to their credit already, Burning House is another welcome, vibrant addition to the wonder that is the Melbourne Independent Arts scene. 'Summerfolk' looks to be their most challenging yet and offers theatre lovers an exciting "blink and you miss it" season of this unique classic.

Directed by Robert Johnson

Performed by Tom Heath, Kerrie-Anne Baker, Seton Pollock, Alexander Rouse, David Meadows, Amy Bradney-George, Nicholas Rijs, Charlotte Fox, Nicholas Clark, Luke Lennox, James Christensen, Alisha Eddy, Elisa Armstrong, Sarah Nicolazzo, Rhyal Williams and Chenoa Williams

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