Torben Bett’s play Invincible will tour the UK for a second time by popular demand in 2017 commencing at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton on 24 January 2017. With the recession biting hard, Emily and Oliver have decided to downsize and shift their middle-class London lifestyle to a small town in the north of England. One night, they open their doors to their next door neighbours, Dawn and Alan. Over the course of a disastrous evening of olives, anchovies, Karl Marx and abstract art, class and culture collide, resulting in consequences that are both tragic and hilarious. The cast for Invincible will include Alastair Whatley (Flare Path, Birdsong), Emily Bowker (Birdsong, Down Man, Down Boy), Graeme Brookes (The Tempest, A View From The Bridge), and Elizabeth Boag. Invincible will be directed by Christopher Harper, designed by Victoria Spearing, with sound by Max Pappenheim. INVINCIBLE UK TOUR 2017 24 – … Read more
Betts’ adaptation (re-imagining is perhaps more accurate) certainly tries to evoke the same effect Chekhov must have had on his original audiences. There is a robust modernity about the language which makes the situations and characters instantly understandable, relatable and recognisable. This comes at a real cost to the lyricism that Chekhov penned, but, in the end, the clarity of the understanding is worth it. For some, no doubt, the text will be too coarse, too vulgar – but it distils the essence of Chekhov’s intent in a coherent and tangible way.