In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts : Touring Autumn 2019

Show Information/Booking

Chekhov is one of the great writers of the 20th Century and these tales, newly adapted and directed by Eliot Giuralarocca, remain as memorable and bracing as jumping into a cold plunge pool after a hot sauna!

Available for booking in Autumn 2019, the show, performed by a company of five, is designed to appeal to a mainstream theatre audience as well as lovers of the classics and students that have to review a live performance as part of a theatre studies or drama qualification. It will supported by top quality marketing and an education pack.

Featuring original live music and stylish ensemble story-telling, the production will be an exhilarating, fun and accessible romp through some of the best of Chekhov’s short stories including The Lady with the Little Dog, The Chemist’s Wife, At a Summer Villa, An Avenger and The Bear.

These wonderful hymns to the absurdity of everyday life, are by turns hilarious, romantic, poignant, odd and memorable. They hold the mirror up to the half-comic, half-painful experience of love and relationships and create a world in which the tender and the grotesque are inextricably linked. Ludicrous situations and larger than life characters abound in an evening that simply cannot be missed

Past Productions 

Directed by Eliot Giuralarocca

The Tempest (Le Tendre Amour)

Nominated for the Gran Premio de Espana de Artes Escenicas 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Frankenstein (Blackeyed theatre)

Truly electrifying theatre…Beautifully crafted…A masterpiece….Fantastically talented and versatile cast!…A masterful re-telling…Unique and captivating! 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  


Dracula (Blackeyed Theatre)

Thrilling...totally mesmerising…wickedly innovative…a triumph!…One of the most innovative and gripping theatre performances I've seen...Extremely inventive...this is great theatre…stunning…the sheer theatricality was a joy to watch...intensely thrilling...A remarkable evening that ended with a standing ovation. 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★


The Great Gatsby (Blackeyed Theatre)

Beguiling and Captivating…Riveting..…

A masterpiece of timing...Exquisitely entertaining…immensely accomplished...A memorable evening, I urge you not to miss it!

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Not About Heroes (Blackeyed Theatre)

Directed with passionate sensitivity...dynamic and challenging…moving and memorable...a wonderfully emotional theatrical experience

captivating...beautifully written, produced, directed and acted...I would urge anyone to go and see this!  

★ ★ ★ ★ ★  

Dragonboy Productions provides venues with excellent marketing materials and support including:

• Leaflets and Posters
• Media pack
• Education pack
• High quality press and production photos • Video trailer

• A range of e-shot images
• Advertising through social media
• National press support through PR consultant
• Interviews with cast and director
• Value added activities including Q and A’s, post show talks and workshops

Booking Information

• Available to book Autumn 2019
• Suitable for small and mid scale theatres
• Get-in 4 hours/Get out 1 hour/Same day get-in is possible. 

• The Company consists of 5 performers and 1 crew
• Running time approx 2 hours (including interval)
• See for latest details


For terms and conditions and all enquiries, please contact 

Samantha Warner

Telephone 07399 706487 

Enquiries and Bookings


Thursday 12th September

Greenwich Theatre 7.30pm

Friday 13th September

Greenwich Theatre 7.30pm

Saturday 14th September

Greenwich Theatre 2.30pm + 7.30pm

Monday 16th September

Queen’s Hall Arts Centre, Hexham 7.30pm

Tuesday 17th September

Gatehouse Theatre, Stafford : 7.30pm

Thursday 19th September

Loughborough Town Hall, Victoria Rooms : 7.30pm 

Friday 20th September

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon : 7.30pm

Saturday 21st September

Bridport Arts Centre : 7.30pm

Tuesday 24th September

Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds 


Wednesday 25th September 

Lancaster Grand 1.15pm + 7.30pm

Thursday 26th September

The Riverfront, Newport  7.00pm

Friday 27th September

Auden Theatre Holt : 7.30pm

Saturday 28th September

Harlow Playhouse 7.00pm 

Monday 30th September

The Layard Theatre, Wimborne 7.30pm


Tuesday 1st October 

The Hawth Theatre, Crawley 7.45pm

Wednesday 2nd October

Wilde Theatre, Bracknell : 7.45pm

Thursday 3rd October 

Wilde Theatre, Bracknell  1pm + 7.45pm

Friday 4th October

GlassBox Theatre, Gillingham 7.30pm

Saturday 5th October

Capitol Theatre, Horsham

Monday 7th October 

Swindon Arts Centre 7.30pm

Wednesday 9th October

Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

Thursday 10th October

Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven  8.00pm

Friday 11th October

The Old Town Hall Arts Centre, Hemel Hempstead 8pm

Tuesday 15th October

Forest Arts Centre, New Milton 7.30pm

Wed 16th October

Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot

Thursday 17th October

Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Friday 18th October 

Civic Theatre, Chelmsford 1pm

Saturday 19th October

Lighthouse, Poole 8pm

Thursday 24th October

Bathway Theatre, Woolwich

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After studying for a degree in English Language and Literature at Christ Church, Oxford, Eliot trained as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. Over the past 25 years he has worked solidly as an actor in Theatre, Film, T.V. and Opera while also working as a Theatre maker, creating his own work, devising and developing projects and working as a freelance Director. As Artistic Director of Dragonboy Productions, he brings this experience together to focus on creating and developing new work for the theatre.   

He recently adapted, performed in and directed a version of The Tempest  that he created with the Spanish company Le Tendre Amour. The show opened the International Festival of Theatre in Malaga and subsequently played in France at the Théâtre de L'Oulle, Avignon and the Palace of Versailles as part of Festival Mois Moliere. It played to rave reviews and was performed at the Abbaye de Neumünster in Luxembourg as part of the British Council's Shakespeare Lives programme and at the International festival of theatre in Alaca, Madrid, the Teatro Real Coliseium Carlos III in El Escorial, the Auditori l´Atlàntida in Vic and at the Auditori Sant Cugat in Barcelona. The show was subsequently nominated for the Gran Premio de España de Artes Escénicas 2016.

He also directed Blackeyed Theatre’s acclaimed national tours of Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Dracula and Not About Heroes, while for Armonico Consort he directed Baroque around the Block, Monteverdi’s Flying Circus and a production of West Side Story  that played at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry. Other directing credits include the The Imperfect Pearl  for Latimer Productions, an Arts Council funded production about the life of the Baroque composer Domenico Zipoli, the world premiere of Knackerman by Rosanna Negrotti and Stephen Sharkey’s minaturist piece Retrospective  at the Arcola Theatre.

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Creative Team

Victoria Spearing - Set Designer


Victoria trained at Bretton Hall where she received a first class honours in Theatre design and technology

For South Hill Park: Oh What a Lovely War!, Just So, Calendar Girls, James and the Giant Peach, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Noughts and Crosses, Brassed Off, Fantastic Mr Fox, Oliver!, Henry V, House and Garden, The Wizard of Oz, The Adventures of Mr Toad, Summer Holiday, and Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Dick Whittington, Cinderella and Snow White.

For Original Theatre, national tours of Birdsong, Three Men in a Boat, Our Country’s Good, Twelfth Night, See How They Run, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Madness of George III, The Importance of Being Oscar, Journey’s End & Shakespeare’s R&J.
For Blackeyed Theatre, national tours of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Not about Heroes, Dracula, Teechers, Mother Courage, The Beekeeper (nominated for Best Set Design, in the Off West End Awards), The Trial, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Alfie, Oh What a Lovely War!, The Cherry Orchard, Oedipus, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Misery, Art, Blue Remembered Hills and The Caretaker.
For Reading Rep: The Nativity that went Wrong, Proof, Miss Julie, Look Back in Anger, A Christmas Carol, and The Dumb Waiter.Other credits include Baroque Around the Block (Armonico Consort) 101 Dalmations  (The Castle, Wellingborough), The Go! Go! Go! Show forShows4Kids; Mort the Musical and Loserville the Musical (2009 workshop production) for Youth Music Theatre UK; From Up Here for Perfect Pitch (premiere)
She has designed and made props for use in educational productions in most of the major London Museums, the National Youth Theatre and the award winning one man show Tom Crean. Other projects have included installation art at festivals, model making and craft workshops. In 2018 Victoria wasnominated for best panto design at the Great British panto awards for Beauty and the Beast at South hill park.

Tom Neill - Original Music and Arrangement


Tom is a multi-disciplinary artist working throughout the UK as a composer, actor and theatre director. He is a founder member of Prime Studios creation space in Windsor and an associate artist of touring company Blackeyed Theatre.

His compositions include The Winter Giant  for Beautiful Creatures and Battle Festival, Call of the Bells for Reading Borough Council’s Walking Words tour, The Schuman Declaration for the John Armitage memorial and Onyx Brass, Not About Heroes for Blackeyed Theatre, as well as orchestrations for various companies. 

He recently completed Untitled (Orange) an album of jazz after artwork by Nadja Daehnke and Three Songs of Charlotte Mew setting the poet’s work to be performed by  soprano and piano. 

Tom gigs regularly with swing and jazz bands and also works as a music facilitator for ability arts charity InnerSense.

Charlotte McClelland - Lighting Designer


Charlotte Trained on an Arts Council Bursary at Central School of Speech and Drama. Over the past 20 odd years she has designed lighting for music, dance, drama and site specific performances.

Her credits include: The Photophonic Experiment for Contemporary Music Network, Carmen and The Marriage of Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera, Angels on High for Guildford International Music Festival (vertical dance on Guildford Cathedral), The City WeepsBaghdad Monologue, Chicos del 21 and The Franklin Effect for Frances M Lynch, electric voice theatre, Snow White for South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ben Hur for Reading Rep, National touring productions of Oedipus, Oh What A Lovely War, The Trial, The Beekeeper, Dracula, Not About Heroes, Teechers, The Great Gatsby  and Frankenstein for Blackeyed Theatre, Antigone for Actors of Dionysus and Everything I See I Swallow for Tamsin Shasha and Maisie Taylor (The Lowry, Week 53 commission)

Creative Associates

Adrian McDougall Artistic Associate


Adrian is the founder, Producer and Artistic Director of Blackeyed Theatre. 

He grew up in Berkshire, studying modern languages at Southampton University, then working in marketing and PR, before becoming a theatre producer in 2004.

Since Blackeyed Theatre’s very first production, Effie’s Burning, he has produced 20 national tours, including the world premiere of Steven Berkoff’s Oedipus and a brand new stage adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. He Directed the world premiere of The Beekeeper and national tours of Oh What A Lovely War, Teechers and Alfie, (all for Blackeyed Theatre)  as well as Brassed Off and House And Garden (South Hill Park).

Adrian is a director of CentreStage Partnership, a leading provider of experiential learning and behavioural coaching to organisations from the public and private sectors  

He lives in Bracknell with his wife and two children participating in community theater when he can.

Colin Blumenau Production Consultant for The Production Exchange

Production Consultant - Colin Blumenau for The Production Exchange

Colin is an experienced theatre maker and cultural leader. After his early years as an actor, Colin moved on to become Artistic Director of three different theatres. As Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds from September 1996 until July 2012 he restored the building to its original 1819 state, while his 'Restoring the Repertoire' initiative gained national prominence exploring some of the forgotten works of the English drama of the Georgian period. He has produced and/or directed over 40 productions and was the TMA's Manager of the Year 2009. 

Colin directs frequently at many of the top UK's Drama Schools. He recently directed the 2017 touring production of Emma and a production of Aladdin for the Riverfront Newport. 

He is the Artistic Director of - The Production Exchange, an artist’s management agency and a theatre production company committed to the support and development of early career professionals in the field of theatre and dance.

Samantha Warner Administrator


Samantha read law at Cambridge and completed her masters degree in law at Victoria University of Wellington. 

Qualifying as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand, she worked for international accounting firm Ernst & Young as a tax consultant and then practiced corporate law with Russell McVeagh, specialising in all aspects of business law and advice. She also founded South Pacific Trademarks, specialising in international trademark registration and advice and has worked as a director and advisor to a number of start-up businesses in industries as diverse as technology and cosmetic manufacturing. 

Samantha was also a trustee and legal advisor to the Kokomai Arts Festival in New Zealand, a ten-day biannual festival that sources world-class touring performances from around the world. 

She lives in South London and is completing her masters degree in history at Oxford.

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