THE CHEKHOV COLLECTIVE

Joshua MacLellan, Alistair Foylan, Sian Clarke, Katja Hilevaara and Thomas Bostock in The Little Prince.  Photo by Katerina Kotti.

Joshua MacLellan, Alistair Foylan, Sian Clarke, Katja Hilevaara and Thomas Bostock in The Little Prince.  Photo by Katerina Kotti.

The Chekhov Collective was established by Dr Cass Fleming to undertake the preliminary experiments related to the New Pathways Project projectit has undertaken work on the practice-based research strand of this project exploring the use of the technique in relation to Devised Theatre Making and Catalyst Directing.  This has led to the development of the practice-as-research work on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince

Dr Cass Fleming, Dr Roanna Mitchell, Phoebe Naughton, Alistair Foylan, Joshua MacLellan. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

Dr Cass Fleming, Dr Roanna Mitchell, Phoebe Naughton, Alistair Foylan, Joshua MacLellan. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

The Chekov Collective is unique in the UK for basing its devising practices in the use of Michael Chekhov technique. We are particularly interested in visual, playful and imaginative methods of working that subvert traditional power-structures in the rehearsal room.

The ensemble was formed under the auspices of a research project examining the use of Chekhov technique in the 21st century. We have been developing innovative contemporary practice by drawing on archival material from Chekhov’s work at Dartington in the 1930s. 

With growing popularity of Chekhov’s technique in the UK theatre landscape, the Chekhov Collective is now receiving keen interest from practitioners wishing to learn more about the work. The past year has seen members of the Collective leading workshops at the National Theatre Studio and for the Young Vic Genesis Project.

The Collective is comprised of director Dr Cass Fleming, movement artist Dr Roanna Mitchell, Gruff Theatre company’s performers Thomas Bostock, Alistair Foylan and Phoebe Naughton, performance art practitioners Sian Clark and Katja Hilevaara and actor Joshua MacLellan.

Dr Roanna Mitchell and Thomas Bostock. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

Dr Roanna Mitchell and Thomas Bostock. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

The company. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

The company. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

Phoebe Naughton, Thomas Bostock, Sian Clarke and Dr Cass Fleming. Photo by Katerina Kotti.

Phoebe Naughton, Thomas Bostock, Sian Clarke and Dr Cass Fleming. Photo by Katerina Kotti.