A Night of Chekhov
Was the Russian master a short story writer or a playwright? Peter Goldsworthy says he once thought he was Chekhov while Cate Kennedy was initially bewildered. Alex Menglet reads The Cherry Orchard in the original Russian and actor/director Jean-Pierre Mignon was surprised at the comedy buried under Chekhov tradition.
Jean-Pierre Mignon worked in Paris as an actor and director before arriving in Australia in 1978.
Appearing in The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and many other plays, Alex Menglet is one of Australia’s most respected stage actors.
Cate Kennedy is the author of the highly acclaimed novel The World Beneath, which won the People’s Choice Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2010. She is an award-winning short-story writer whose work has been published widely.
Peter Goldsworthy wrote the libretto for Richard Mills' multi-Helpmann award winning opera Batavia. His most recent songwriting collaboration was with composer Graeme Koehne, on The Ring-tone Cycle - a Cabaret Quintet for Piano Trio, Soprano and iPhone, which premiered at last year’s Adelaide Festival.
Stephen Armstrong is a creative producer and programmer specialising in new work commissions and interdisciplinary and inter-cultural collaborations. He is currently Creative Director of the inaugural Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts.