Welcome to JHR Musics & ESRA TAF Theatre company

Esra Taf are Edinburgh bound…….!

Reprising the challenging format of a single-handed performance, Esra Taf are pleased and excited at the prospect of presenting their latest production at this year’s Edinburgh Festival.

On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco by Anton Chekhov
World-weary and worn down Nyukhin finds himself delivering a lecture on the dangers of smoking. But this put-upon husband has a few things to get off his chest in this classic, comic Chekhov short.
Can Cause Death by Alison Carr,
Then, domineering wife Popova takes to the stage to tell her side of their thirty-three years together in Alison Carr’s new companion play.

This, our latest production, combines a classic comic Chekhov short, with a new piece of writing as it’s companion piece, resulting in a totally unique and intriguing ‘twinned’ piece of theatre.
Gordon Russell plays both husband and wife in this funny and touching double-bill.
(Gordon is no stranger to the one-man show – Esra Taf’s previous production was Justin Butcher’s epic solo tragi-comedy Scaramouche Jones which opened at Newcastle’s Northern Stage before heading off on it’s Highlands and Islands tour).

We will be playing from the 2nd August all the way through to the 27th August at C Venue Aquila, (Venue 21….on the Royal Mile)….7.10pm nightly!  

The initial idea of this double-bill – finding a new play to go alongside Chekhov’s classic that shows the wife’s side of this matrimonial coin – was originally commissioned and produced by Charlotte Bennett and Sophie Watson for Forward Theatre Project. That production debuted at the National Theatre in 2010, starring Olivier Award winning actor (and Harry Potter star!) David Bradley.
Carr and Chekhov might sound like an unlikely combination, but it is pure, experimental, laugh out loud genius” - Northern Echo
“Carr has created a true companion to the original piece, leaving you in no doubt that these two were perfectly matched” – The Journal
Writer Alison Carr also hails from Newcastle upon Tyne and is a friend to Esra Taf.
(She has worked with a range of theatres and companies including Live Theatre, Old Vic New Voices and Paines Plough. In January this year she made her BBC Radio 4 debut with Dolly Would (Pick of the Week).
Alison’s last production at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe was the 5065 Lift’s 2004 sell-out comedy Patricia Quinn Saved My Life “a complete delight” **** – Sunday Express)

Esra Taf were themselves captivated by the production upon seeing its transfer at Northern Stage, in Newcastle, and instinctively knew they wanted to bring it to the Fringe, and we feel confident that our audiences will similarly enjoy this wonderfully different piece of theatre.

This is actually our first outing to the Edinburgh Festival, and we are really looking forward to it, as it continues our aspiration of creating new and exciting work that characteristically combines various theatre disciplines. We shall, of course, be residing in palatial splendour(?) in the good city of Edinburgh for the duration, and we look forward to the whole Festival experience in addition to presenting what we feel is a worthy, and uniquely attractive piece of theatre.
We would be very pleased to have your company!



 Listings Information:
CATEGORY: Theatre.
SHOW: On the Harmful Effects of Tobacco by Anton Chekhov (trans. by Carol Rocamora)  
          & Can Cause Death by Alison Carr  
A ‘double-bill’ combing classic comic Chekhov with a newly written companion piece.

COMPANY: Esra Taf Theatre.
VENUE:       C Aquila (C Venues)  Festival Venue 21
DATES:       2 – 27 August 2012
TIME:          7.10pm (lasts approx. 50 mins)

Press Contact:
Tim Swinton, Esra Taf Theatre.
Tel: 07787768576
Email: tim.lx@btinternet.com



More to come.

BAROQUE MUSIC will be an integral part of a new play which we are developing. MOSTRA, adapted for the stage by Christopher Goulding, which is based on the life and times of CHARLES AVISON and his ‘ESSAY ON MUSICAL EXPRESSION’. Charles Avison was an 18th Century composer who lived and worked in Newcastle upon Tyne and who’s essay caused much controversy.

We have generously been offered St. Marys Heritage centre in Gateshead as a suitably historic venue for MOSTRA and we are looking to workshop the script this summer with projected perfomaces in late october early november 2010.

We continue to develop ideas based on combining as many theatrical disciplines as possible and are happy to consider similar commissions. All our past and present productions are available for redevelopment and touring.

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