Volcano Theatre Company
Volcano is an artist-led organisation that explores ideas and social relations through performance and participation. Viewing its audiences as active participants in making meaning; and embracing the immediacy, surprise and risk at the heart of the live experience, the company's work is highly responsive to social and political context. With a perpetual sense of unfinished business, Volcano is committed to making, dismantling and remaking - bringing fresh sense to its material in the present, with an eye on everything it has been through. Based in Swansea, the company occupies a disused industrial city centre building where it creates original work and hosts visiting arts.
Volcano’s Seagulls is a deconstructive adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull, pared down to five characters. With the audience seated onstage, the performance takes a hybrid form which brings the ambition of site-specific work into a purpose-made pop-up theatre that is itself part of the action; and which can be adapted to different settings including theatre and former industrial, retail or leisure spaces.
In the press
“What [Chekhov] would have made of it is anyone’s guess. I hope he would have found its sheer theatrical audacity and visual beauty a joy to watch.”
Buzz Magazine (on Seagulls)
"What we need is new theatre, what we need is new forms” declares Konstantin. It is a need that Seagulls supplies in full.” Theatre in Wales (on Seagulls)
Number of people on stage5
Number of people in touring company7/8
n.b. If unable to be sourced locally, a pond liner and gauze will need to be freighted. Anticipated that sourcing locally in most locations will be possible.
Touring AvailabilityFrom October 2017-December 2019
Scale of venueUnconventional Space
Minimum performance space16m W x 12m D x 3m H
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Also contains:Aerial/Trapeze, Interactivity, Nudity
VenueThe Leith Volcano
Production dates8-26 AUGUST (not 14, 21 AUGUST)
Post-show talks / Q&A's are offered free.
The following are offered by arrangement:
- Workshops, Masterclasses or residencies for performers or students: Devising/Adapting Chekhov Contemporary Performance Techniques
- Workshops for Children and Young People: Creative Contemporary Movement with choreographer Catherine Bennett
- Lectures and presentations: Performance Practice and Urban SpaceDirector Paul Davies talks about Volcano's experience of acting as a Creative Hub within its home city.