EXPERIENCE some of Anton Chekhov's most beloved short stories like never before, as Dragonboy Productions brings them to the stage.

In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts will see a group of five actors and musicians breathe life into the classic stories. They will explore the humour and pathos of tales including The Lady with the Little Dog, The Chemist's Wife, At a Summer Villa, An Avenger and The Bear.

The plays are adapted for the stage by Eliot Giuralarocca, who graduated from Oxford before training as an actor at the Guildford School of Acting. For the past 25 years, he has worked in theatre, TV, film and opera, as well as creating his own work and developing projects as a theatre maker.

Eliot, who is also the artistic director of Dragonboy Productions, said: "These wonderful tales about 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.We hope to create an evening that simply cannot be missed."

The performance is designed to appeal to both regular theatre-goers and newcomers alike, with something promised for everyone during the exhilarating journey through the Russian writer's finest works.

One of the five actors, Elisabeth Snegir, trained in Moscow as a musician before moving to England in 2012. She graduated from the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts earlier this year, and In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts is her first professional show since leaving drama school.

Joining Elisabeth on stage is seasoned actor Graeme Dalling. Having also trained at the Guildford School of Acting, he has performed in a range of theatres across the country, including the Old Vic and the Royal Opera House, as well as taking parts in the television programmes Doctors and Hollyoaks.

Laura Singleton, member of the National Youth Theatre of Wales, trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has starred in various productions by the Richard Burton Company, first experiencing acting in primary school when she played the widow of a woodcutter who was killed by a falling tree. "It was a very dramatic start to my acting career," Laura remarked. "But ever since I've loved to tell stories on stage. It's wonderful to have the opportunity to explore different projects, be creative, and have an absolute blast while doing it."

Completing the quintet is Tom Neill, an actor and producer who helped found the Prime Studios Creation Space in Windsor. He is currently recording Katie Maddocks' debut EP, and co-composing new music with Ruben Berrios' quartet, Baron Mara Jazz.

In and Out of Chekhov's Shorts comes to Bridport Arts Centre on Saturday, September 21, at 7.30pm. All tickets are £15, available to purchase online or by contacting the box office.