Adapted from the classic Chekhov story, DogOrange's Ward No.6 is an atmospheric and engaging drama, by turns comic, tragic and absurd.
DogOrange's punchy, vivid style brings Doctor Ragin and the other stylised characters vividly to life. Nominated for Best Ensemble in The Stage Acting Excellence Awards 2009 it follows the company’s sell out run of A Woman Alone in 2010.
Stuck in a thankless job in a small town, Dr Ragin finds himself in the company of a young inmate in the asylum known as Ward No. 6. Their conversations lead him to reject the definitions of madness and sanity he has taken for granted, and to question his role in keeping the patients locked up. Betrayed by his friend, he ends up imprisoned himself – trapped in an ‘enchanted circle’ formed by his former patients’ rituals and superstitions.
Director Matthew Parker’s fresh adaptation uses an inventive combination of music, stylised characterisation and physical comedy to throw an imaginative new light on this classic text.
“Slick, energetic… highly original, this adaptation is both entertaining and tragic… a provocative and striking production.”
**** The List
“Feverishly acted and cleverly directed, this is a fantastically intense and thought-provoking piece... See this now for a perfectly timed, memorably staged and well orchestrated production.”
**** The British Theatre Guide
“… a dream-like tale.. excellent ensemble playing”
The Stage– Nominated for Best Ensemble at Stage Awards 2009
“compelling… an especial delight”
*** Fringe Review
“beautiful and philosophical… played with engaging ferocity. (DogOrange) has taken a classic story and improved upon it showing a vibrant intelligence and sensitivity.”
*** Broadway Baby