Monday, 15 October 2018

Players pick Cherry Orchard for autumn

TICKETS have gone on sale for the Sinodun Players’ autumn production of Chekhov’s

TICKETS have gone on sale for the Sinodun Players’ autumn production of Chekhov’s

The Cherry Orchard
at the Corn Exchange, Wallingford.

The show runs from Wednesday, October 14, to Saturday, October 17, starting at 7.45pm each day.

Director Ric Harley will be using Tom Stoppard’s 2009 translation of this classic drama set amid the turmoil of social change in early 20th century Russia.

The story revolves around a cash-strapped aristocratic family on the brink of losing their ancestral estate and its famous cherry orchard.

The new dawn heralds the diminishing power of the landed gentry and the rise of the working classes.

Chekhov described

The Cherry Orchard
as a comedy, a fact borne out by a delightful array of eccentric but finely drawn characters thrown together at an important turning point in their lives.

As Ric explains: “The play is as much about the servants as the upper-class family. Their servants demonstrate a variety of attitudes to the family, highlighting the widening gap between what was and what was to become Russian society.

“The play doesn’t produce belly laughs, but we find we are laughing gently at the absurdity of the characters’ attitudes to their predicament.

“Obviously, there are also moments of great sadness and pathos which should be given as much weight. Chekhov loved his characters. He wanted to comment on their views and ideals, but with love and warmth.”

The director has assembled a strong cast who will be using acting techniques pioneered by the celebrated theatre director Konstantin Stanislavsky, enabling them to get under the skin of their characters to make them ‘real’.

A Talkback Q&A with the director and cast will be held after the show on Thursday, October 15.

Tickets are priced £10 from or by calling (01491) 825000.

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