By Anton Chekhov, adapted by Hilary Bell. Directed by Kate Cherry. Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia, Perth WA. 9-31 Aug 2014
Theatre students are taught that the original opening night of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, in 1896, was an absolute disaster. In contrast, Black Swan State Theatre Company's production of this play, using a new adaptation by Hilary Bell, was well received and will no doubt receive much critical acclaim. This is a well produced, expertly acted incarnation of a good new adaptation of the script.