Russian lives through Irish eyes on a Sydney stage
The Sydney Fringe Festival is known for "celebrating local artists and encouraging new audiences to experience the independent arts of Sydney". With this in mind, the Old 505 Theatre presents Brian Friel's one act play, Afterplay until September 12th.
Directed and produced by Heidi Manchė, and starring Emma Skelton as Sonya and Wayne Bassett as Andrey, Afterplay follows the lives of two characters from The Three Sisters, a play originally created by renowned Russian playwright, Anton Chekhov, some 100 years ago. The characters of Sonya and Andrey are brought to life again, twenty years after audiences left them in The Three Sisters.
Wayne Bassett as Andrey and Emma Skelton as Sonya
This time, however, it focuses on what their lives have become. Meeting now in a cafe in 1920s Moscow, Andrey cannot escape the hold his family have over him, and Sonya still pines for a lost love. Now middle aged, Sonya and Andrey face the realities of their lives.
The British Theatre Guide says Afterplay is "Beautifully and tenderly written and significantly adds to the Chekhov canon", and the Stage Review says, "It feels a lot like eavesdropping on a somewhat raucous table next to you".