Larisa and the Merchants
by Ostrovsky in a new version by Samuel Adamson
Love v. Money. Value v. Cost. The Merchants v. Larisa
This passionate, razor-sharp black comedy about a penniless woman and the men who want her is brought to British audiences for the first time.
In the marketplace where merchants cut deals, love has no value. But Larisa has only one thing to sell and she’s in desperate need of a buyer. Can she up her own worth, or will the merchants drive her to a bargain she cannot possibly hope to keep?
Larisa and the Merchants could be written off as traditional social satire, but while it takes the usual interest in personal ruin and class divide, this is a play about the death of naivety. When Larisa’s romantic daydreams are punctured, the piece comes to a calamitous end. With a cherry-picked cast and risky traverse staging by Signe Beckman, InSite Performance has created a youthful and refreshing adaptation. Nestled among an outburst of familiar Chekhov revivals, Larisa and the Merchants proves that developing lesser-known material can be very fruitful indeed – The Telegraph
CAST: Ben Addis (Karandyshev), Jennifer Kidd (Larisa), Annabelle Levenson (Madame Ogudalova), Tarek Merchant (Ilya), Sam Philips (Paratov), Morgan Philpott (Robinson), Dale Rapley (Knurov), Jack Wilkinson (Vasya)
Directed by Jacqui Honess-Martin
Design Signe Beckmann
Lighting Kristina Hjelm
Music Tom Attwood
Sound Tim Middleton
Movement Anna Morrissey