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A Comedic Story of Social Change
The Cherry Orchard was first performed over 100 years ago in Moscow and was Russian playwright Anton Chekhov's final masterpiece. This performance of The Cherry Orchard features the 1916 Julius West translation.
Set in Russia in the 20th century, The Cherry Orchard follows one previously prosperous family as they undergo a dramatic financial hardship. As the family come into some money trouble, it becomes apparent that they are at high risk of losing their long established estate along with the cherry orchard. While the family are encouraged to sell their estate to cover their debts, the mere thought of doing so is beyond them.
The Cherry Orchard tells a story of place, with themes of displacement due to wealth and status. It brings in to light the recurrent focus on social eminence and expectations. This performance displays the inherent struggle whilst experiencing social and economical shift.
The Depot Theatre is an interesting new location for performances such as the Cherry Orchard. Founded by Julie Baz and David Jeffery, the Depot Theatre sits alongside Addison Road in Marrickville.
With a cast of 12, each character is full of energy, each boasting their own unique personality. Strong acting paired with such beautifully crafted costumes, really placed this performance into its era.