Devised by: The Chekhov Collective
Adapted from Antoine de Saint-Exupery by the company
Director: Cass Fleming
Lighting Designer: Dadiow Lin
Projection and Scenography: Francesca Castelbuono and the company
Sound Design by the company
Running time: 80 minutes
A story about love and loss.
A story about the extraordinary and funny business of being an adult.
Above all, a story about hope.
This surprisingly queer and delicately physical re-telling interweaves material from Saint Exupery’s well-loved novella The Little Prince with his writings on travel and war, and takes inspiration from the life of pilot Amelia Earhart.
Although The Little Prince is often framed as a children’s piece, our version is for adults, and the children they remember themselves to be.
Work-in-progress performances held in July and September at Goldsmiths Studio 3 and Queen Mary Studio 1.
The Chekov Collective is unique in the UK for basing its devising practices purely in the use of Michael Chekhov technique. We are particularly interested in visual, playful and imaginative methods of working that subvert traditional power-structures in the rehearsal room.
The ensemble was formed under the auspices of a research project examining the use of Chekhov technique in the 21st century. We have been developing innovative contemporary practice by drawing on archival material from Chekhov’s work at Dartington in the 1930s. With growing popularity of Chekhov’s technique in the UK theatre landscape, the Chekhov Collective is now receiving keen interest from practitioners wishing to learn more about the work. The past year has seen members of the Collective leading workshops at the National Theatre Studio and for the Young Vic Genesis Project.
The Collective is comprised of director Cass Fleming, movement artist Roanna Mitchell, Gruff Theatre company’s performers Thomas Bostock, Alistair Foylan and Phoebe Naughton, performance art practitioners Sian Clark and Katja Hildevaara and actor Joshua MacLellan.
Whilst the Chekhov Collective is brand new as a company and thus does not yet have reviews, here is a selection of reviews of work created by its members:
Roanna Mitchell (movement artist):
Katja Hilevaara (performance artist):