“Never mind People and Nations. What about the fire a person feels? The need to shine. What about the vital flame? Someone tell me how to keep that alive.”
Inspired by Chekhov’s “Three Sisters” and set in Liverpool’s Jewish community in the late 1940’s.
Gertie, May and Rita Lasky, along with their brother, Arnold, struggle to keep the family home, body and soul together in the years of austerity following the end of the Second World War. They fraternise with American GIs and airmen stationed at the local Burtonwood base, fall in love, fall out of love, gamble, debate and squabble. The wider world is changing rapidly. In Palestine the battle for Jewish self-determination and the establishment of the state of Israel is intensifying. Hope mingles with despair, idealism with cynicism. Long-term lodger, Dr. Nate Weiinberg is getting drunker, Auntie Beil is predicting the winner of the Grand National, Dr. Mordechai Fisher, May’s husband who teaches at the Jewish school, never seems to be promoted beyond deputy headmaster and Arnold’s bride, the irrepressible Scouse social climber, Debbie Pollack, is breeding offspring at an alarming rate.
World premier at Everyman Theatre, Liverpool and Hampstead Theatre, London in 2008, directed by Lindsay Posner.
Jewish State Theatre of Romania, 2009
Written by Diane Samuels and Tracy-Ann Oberman.
Cast: 6 males; 5 females
“a vivid relocation of Chekhov’s play about dashed hopes and bitter disappointment…… fresh, funny reimagining brings a real twentieth century understanding of sex and politics which complements Chekhov” - The Mail on Sunday
"a bold, fresh and fruitful reinterpretation…Lindsay Posner’s astute production" - Times
"a fascinating and powerfully affecting new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters…you marvel at the ingenuity of the transposition."
- Daily Telegraph
"as near faultless production as anybody has the right to expect, with superlative performances…pure silk through and through…exquisite writing" - The Stage
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