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Thursday 12 May: THE BEAR - 2pm and 8pm

Popova is still in deep mourning seven months after her husband's death. She stays alone at her country house, refusing to go out or to see anybody. Suddenly, Smirnov arrives and rudely insists on seeing her. Popova's late husband owed him 1200 roubles and he demands the debt be paid at once because his creditors are after him.

Popova delays. Smirnov insists, makes light of Popova's mourning, and refuses to leave. They angrily vie with one another: "Men are rude and inconstant!" "Women are fickle and manipulative!" (It turns out that Popova's husband was actually a liar and cheat, but she remains true to his memory just to show him how faithful a woman can be.)
Smirnov challenges her to a duel for insulting him and Popova brings out her husband's pistols.

This is one of Chekhov's one act plays, an unquestionable comedy. The Bear condenses so much of human nature into this short, comical, bizarre, and ultimately triumphant act. Chekhov demonstrates how close (at times) is the relationship between anger and passion, and how strange and wonderful is the human condition.

Cast - Perry Moore - Luka Perry is due to start training at East15 in September.
John Richard Glover - Grigory Stephanovich Smirnoff John trained at the Birmingham Theatre School.
Deborah McEwan - Yelana Ivanovna Popova Deborah trained at the Birmingham Theatre School.

Rumchum Theatre Company was founded in 2011 by Perry Moore and John Glover, for more information join us on facebook.
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