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A Night of Chekhov


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‘Chekhov’s stories are as wonderful (and necessary) now as when they first appeared…masterpieces… that lay bare our emotions in ways only true art can accomplish.’ Raymond Carver

On the anniversary of his death, the Wheeler Centre celebrates and remembers the life and work of Anton Chekhov, arguably the finest short-story writer and playwright the world has ever seen.

Chaired by Stephen Armstrong, two of Australia’s best short-story writers, Cate Kennedy and Peter Goldsworthy,come together with two of Australian theatre’s most celebrated figures, Alex Menglet and Jean-Pierre Mignon to discuss Chekhov’s lasting influence.

Please note that this event will now be commencing at the earlier time of 6.00pm


Jean-Pierre Mignon

Jean-Pierre Mignon worked in Paris as an actor and director before arriving in Australia in 1978. He was founder and artistic director of Anthill Theatre (1980–94) directing classic and contemporary plays including those by Moliere, Brecht, Beckett and, in 1987, The Cherry Orchard, The Three Siste... Read more

Alex Menglet

Appearing in The Seagull, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya and many other plays, Alex Menglet is one of Australia’s most respected stage actors. Raised in a Russian theatrical family, Alex studied at the Moscow State Institute of Drama and performed on various Moscow stages before immigrating to Au... Read more

Cate Kennedy

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. Her first collection, Dark Roots, was shortlisted for t... Read more

Peter Goldsworthy

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 A... Read more

Stephen Armstrong

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.      Stephen graduated in... Read more


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