...a nuanced exploration of extreme emotion. It gives the audience the privileged glimpse into the emotional world inside out.

For The First Time In 86 Years.

From August 18 to September 2, the first independent production in 86 years of Anton Chekhov’s acclaimed play, Uncle Vanya, bursts into life on the Brisbane stage. New independent Brisbane theatre company, The Curators, brings theirrigorous reinvention of Uncle Vanya to the intimate space of Magda Community Artz.

Adapted and directed by Michael Beh, a stalwart of Brisbane independent theatre who trained with the Moscow Art Theatre School, The Curators production of Anton Chekhov’s remarkable 1897 classic is performed in vintage costumed splendour in the intimate warmth of Magda Community Artz, Bardon: Brisbane’s hot new arts venue where you are so close that you can practically reach out and touch the actors.

Like Melbourne’s La Mama, Magda’s is an independent arts and cultural space promoting and show-casing local, national and international performers while celebrating creative enterprise, community and connection.


Sherri Smith

Sonia (a plain, youngish woman)

David Paterson

Vanya (Sonia’s uncle)

Warwick Comber

Serabryakov (Sonia’s father)

Lisa Hickey

Yelena (Sonia’s stepmother)

Renaud Jadin

Astrov (Sonia’s dream date)

Jan Nary

Nanny (Sonia’s nanny)

Amanda McErlean

Mdme Voinitskaya (Sonia’s grandmother)

Brent Schon

Telegin (Sonia’s godfather)


Michael Beh


Peter Crees

Producer/Sound Designer

Emily Allen

Lighting Designer

Mark Richardson

Stage/Production Manager

Jacob Hoopert

Assistant Stage Manager

Paige Williams

Technical Crew

Helen Strube

Artistic Associate

...an awesome night of theatre...rich, detailed and evocative!

Photography by Bec Taylor Photography

On a Russian estate, somewhere south of St Petersburg, sometime between 1895 and today, Ivan Petrovich is feeling glum. Sofia Alexandrovna’s usual stern self has suddenly turned a little frisky and there is tension in the air between Yelena (what a goddess!) and Aleksandr which is not helped by the intrusions of Mikhail Lvovich and his talk of love. Risks are taken. Love triangles abound. Shots are fired. Laughter and pathos ensue. Like a masterpiece still-life painting there is action in every moment and in every corner of the stage. This is a lush and gorgeous evening of unrequited love and inconceivably poor marksmanship.

Photography by Helen Strube

...a modern performance packed with laugh-out-loud and emotionally-charged moments.