1950s Bulgaria. Stalin is in power. The door bell rings. The typewriters of the secret service tap, recording lives. This woman lives alone and writes stories; ogres, princesses, myths. Her reality is more frightening than her stories. There is nowhere to go where they are not watching. Tap, tap. A room of secrets and files. They mount up over the years and dust gathers. It’s hard to find out what is true, what is a lie.
[Uncle Vanya] is multi-layered…there are generations of history, layers of grief, cycles of regret and hope. Like a tree, it is a living thing.
Written and performed by Bagryana Popov
Directed by John Bolton
Designed by Lara Week
Lighting Design by Bronwyn Pringle
Stage Manager Julian Adams
Image credit: Tess Hutson and Ponch Hawkes
Production shots by Justyn Koh
[Uncle Vanya is] a magical, intense and extraordinarily special experience. ★★★★★— LIMELIGHT