1951. Stalin is in power. A woman lives in a world more frightening than any story.  

1950s Eastern Europe. Stalin is in power. The doorbell rings. The typewriters of the Secret Services tap-tap-tap away as they record the lives of people. A woman lives alone. She writes stories. Ogres, princesses, myths. Reality is more frightening than any story. Where can you go when you know they are watching? A room of secrets and archives. The files mount up over time, the dust gathers. What is true and 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 

Photography/Image credit: Tess Hutson 

[Uncle Vanya is] a magical, intense and extraordinarily special experience. ★★★★★