Friday 21st June 7.30 - 8.30pm and Saturday 22nd June 7.30pm - 8.30pm

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Welcome to Russia (use your imagination London!)

With your help Maria (sorry, Masha) uses live cinema, a killer soundtrack, a questionable Russian accent, and the only lines from the play she can remember to transport you to the world of one of Chekhov’s greatest plays. As her attempts to stage a career-defining performance prove futile Maria drowns her sorrows in Masha’s vodka, and the distinction between the actor and the role disintegrates.

We are left questioning whose story we are really watching, where does Masha begin and Maria end? A radical response to Chekhov’s play about failed dreams and the unavoidable disappointments of real life, The Seagull, Or Why Masha Always Wears Black explores the lengths we are prepared to go to to feel loved and be seen.


Performed by Maria Teresa Creasey and Ezra Alexander.
Directed by Rebecca Reeves and Rory Foster.

About this performance

Age guidance: The age guidance for this performance is 16+

Content warning: References to drugs and explicit language

Interval: This performance does not have an interval. 

Post show discussion: The artist will confirm nearer the time if this performance will have a post show discussion.

Tickets: Tickets are Pay What You Can and available through Eventbrite


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Find out more about this is not a test

this is not a test are a theatre collective with a shared interest in deconstructed aesthetics, liveness and character-led storytelling. Their radical reinterpretations of the canon combine clowning, live improvisation, stand-up, new media and a Riot Grrrl aesthetic. this is not a test are led by stage and screen actor Maria Teresa Creasey (trained at RCS, recent credits include Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire, Loki Season 2re) and direcctor and research-practitioner, Rebecca Reeves (RCSSD and RADA). Their collective credits include Camden People’s Theatre, Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe) Exeter Phoenix, The Globe, Vault Festival, Soho Theatre

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This performance is part of the SHIFT+SPACE programme 

Theatre Deli’s SHIFT+SPACE programme is a free performance opportunity for artists to present their work that needs an audience to develop, where artists keep 100% of the Box Office! 

Find out more about the SHIFT+SPACE programme here.