the salon:collective produced its debut performance two weeks ago, salon:bites chekhov.

Stephanie Cohen: Yelena & Maura Duffy: Sonya

It was the result of a 4 week course taking 8 actors through a process of analysing text (lead by leading text analysis teacher, Gaby Santinelli and Meisner coach, Dominic Kelly) and lifting the complexities of Chekhov’s plays and characters into a living, breathing performance. Uncle Vanya, The Seagull and Three Sisters all merged together with an evocative live soundtrack arranged by musical mistress, Esmeralda and performed with great sensitivity by Amanda Fernando-Stevens, Julia Stone & Andrew Mallen, supported by a transformative set designed by Punchdrunk designer, Olivia Altaras.

With a sold-out performance and an informal open mic in the Cockpit Theatre bar afterwards, we plan to repeat the phenomenal success of this program next year…but who will the salon bite into next? Shakespeare? Pinter? Wilde? Orton…?

See our gallery below (taken by salon: photographer, Simon Desborough):

A great BIG thank you to everyone who attended or helped the evening happen. We are indebted to the growing supportive community around us.


“This was a great production. The cast really connected with the audience right from the start, using the stage to great effect. I felt drawn in by them and therefore invested in their stories. They made Chekhov REAL.”


I loved the classes. There’s more life in an evening in class than i get in nearly a whole week. Still trying to figure out why we all live our lives like we do. I sound like Chekhov. Nearly.


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