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)

Production details

  • Writer

    Anton Chekhov
  • Director

    Paul Davies
  • Choreographer

    Catherine Bennett
  • Designer

    Camilla Clarke
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    Excess baggage

    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 Availability

    From October 2017-December 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Unconventional Space
  • Minimum performance space

    16m W x 12m D x 3m H
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Aerial/Trapeze, Interactivity, Nudity

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    The Leith Volcano
  • Production dates

    8-26 AUGUST (not 14, 21 AUGUST)
  • Production times

  • Duration

    80 MINS
  • Audience capacity




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.