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Three Sisters - One Bird Cage

Media Release – 24 June 2008
For Immediate Release

Three Sisters - One Bird Cage

PERIPETEIA proudly presents
Written by Anton Chekhov

Following the sell-out success of The Tempest at the Hawke Sea Scout Hall last summer, Auckland’s brave acting ensemble enter The Birdcage from the 2nd to the 30th of August to bring you Chekhov’s beloved domestic epic, Three Sisters.

Matthew Sunderland will be returning to the stage for Three Sisters which is a perennial favourite for both actors and audiences alike. Sunderland is best known for his portrayal of David Gray in the gripping story about the tragic 24 hours that ripped apart the peaceful town of Aramoana in Out of the Blue. Working alongside Sunderland is Jennifer Ludlam most recently seen in Secondhand Wedding and in the up-and-coming film Apron Strings which will screen at the New Zealand Film Festival, and established actor and comic Brenda Kendall (Angel at my Table).

Joining these accomplished actors are a cast of the brightest theatrical talent in Auckland – including Brooke Williams, who’s most recent work has seen her onstage opposite Elizabeth Hawthorne in ATC’s production of Female of the Species and Trygve Wakenshaw, who shared the leading role with Oliver Driver in Silo Theatre’s production of The Mystery of Irma Vep and featured in The Tempest.

Set in a small town in provincial Russia, 1901. Olga, Masha, Irena and their older brother Andrey are trying desperately to move into the bright and energetic future they imagine in Moscow. When a brilliant army commander arrives in their midst everything is turned inside out…and yet life marches irrevocably onwards…

Chekhov sharpens the knife-edge between comedy and tragedy once again, in what is arguably the best play and prophecy of our times. Laugh, cry, be challenged – don’t miss the play that will transform the way you see the changing world.

Bookings open soon for a limited season this August in the historic, intimate and beautiful Birdcage, just by Auckland’s Victoria Park Market.

It’s time to pay a call on the Prozorov’s.

“As a night out it was a pleasure to be in the company of such welcoming hosts so passionate about taking their audience on a theatrical journey…this is a
group worth watching”
Shannon Huse, NZ Herald
“Innovative and exciting theatre…Bravo!”
Nik Smythe, Theatreview
August 2nd – 30th 2008
The Birdcage, 133 Franklin Road, Auckland
Written by:Anton Chekhov,
Directed by Daniel Mainwaring and Rachel Nash
With: Brenda Kendall, Brooke Williams, Frank Brown, Jacob Tamaiparea, Jennifer Ludlam, Laurel Devenie, Madeleine Hyland, Marek Sumich, Matthew Sunderland, Phil Brooks, Tahi Mapp Borren, Tama Jarman,
Trygve Wakenshaw and Stephen Ure
Saturdays 3pm, Sundays 6pm, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7:30pm
Tickets: $25/ Concessions $18/ Under 18 $15/ Preview and Groups of 8+ $20


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