Chekhov's The Seagull

Chekhov’s The Seagull, a new online version by Eli Kent and Eleanor Bishop, directed by Eleanor Bishop brings a landmark piece of theatre to the 21st century, creating a new form of drama off-stage and onto Zoom.

Chekhov's The Seagull was presented in four 30 minute episodes in April 2020 as Aotearoa New Zealand was in the middle of a COVID-19 lockdown.

Chekhov's famous characters are reimagined as an extended Kiwi family congregating over Zoom. In a direct commentary of our world in lockdown, the characters are still searching for meaning in their lives while battling love, jealousy, dissatisfaction, dreams, hopes and plans, which now play out in self-isolation and over virtual interactions with each other.

This retelling of Chekhov’s classic The Seagull is created by a brilliant artistic team and stellar cast, all from their own bubbles. The creative team envisioned this project as a snapshot of our current Alert Level, so the writers and actors only having a week to write and rehearse each episode before it is premiered to you each Friday night.

Episodes 1-4

Education Resources

1. Coming Up with the Idea
2. Writing and Rehearsal
3. Directing Tips
4. How to Devise Solo Drama