Review: Uncle Vanya - Open Space Theatre

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Eye - With its focus on self-worth, work ethic, and ecological disaster, Chekov’s Uncle Vanya has become spookily prescient.

On the opening night of their tour, the cast jumped headlong into this maelstrom of ideas with their customary commitment, offering up a classic Chekov primer, with a genuine respect for the text.

Drenched in misery and alcohol, Uncle Vanya is tragic yet absurd, and David Green’s direction tackled this in a handsomely dressed production with fine ensemble work from its hard working cast.

Tim Hall comfortably bore the mammoth role of Uncle Vanya, while Cathy Gill was every bit as good as his touchingly gauche niece.

Of particular note was Emma Martin, whose acting skills grow with each production she appears in.

The pace could do with cranking up, and the blend of comedy and tragedy needs clearer delineation, but all this will come as the actors work in front of an audience.

It is the ambition of taking on such a challenging play that should be acknowledged, and applauded.

DAVID VASS