Friel and Chekhov


an homage to Chekhov by the celebrated Irish playwright, Brian Friel
at the Cultch, December 27 2016 - January 22 2017

In writing of Friel, who died last year at 86, the Guardian theatre critic Michael Billington observed, “Friel’s diverse output, spanning a 50-year period, was bound together by his passion for language, his belief in the ritualistic nature of theatre and his breadth of understanding…. Not surprisingly Chekhov, whose work he often translated, was the biggest influence on him as a dramatist.” Among Friel’s awards are a Tony, the New York Drama Critics Award and an Olivier Award.

Vancouver audiences embraced Blackbird’s Uncle Vanya and Jane Heyman’s Three Sisters in 2013/14. We think they will also embrace this classic theatre variation, in which characters from the two plays are brought together by a playwright dubbed “the Irish Chekhov.”


in a new translation
by Vancouver's Poet Laureate, George McWhirter

Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m.
the Interurban Gallery
1 East Hastings Street (at Carrall)

This spring, acclaimed actor Luisa Jojic (who recently appeared as Julia in The Rivals) and Jessie Award-winning director Rachel Peake worked with fifteen women in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside in a four-day workshop exploration of this text in relation to their own lives.

The work culminated in an unforgettable performance of scenes from this work at the Interurban Gallery, a volunteer-centred community art space.

Classica GymTHE CLASSICAL GYM Returns!

at the Arts Club rehearsal hall in 2016
dates TBC

Offered in earlier years, the Classical Gym gave actors wishing to improve their technique a chance to work on their performances of classical texts, coached by highly experienced cast members from Blackbird productions.

These workshops will now have the additional goal of increasing the potential for actors to benefit from new policies of diversity in casting.

"Vancouver's finest presenter of classical theatre"
The Globe and Mail

Three Plays After
Dec 27 2016-Jan 22 2017

The House of
Bernarda Alba

April 21 2016
7:00 p.m.

The Classical Gym