What are the differences between five of the most influential European theatre practitioners of the 20th century? How would these five directors work with the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare's Hamlet? What would they ask the actress to do and how would they ask the actress to behave?
Five Truths, a video installation asking these questions commissioned by the V&A in partnership with the National Theatre, was created by a group of contemporary theatre makers lead by Katie Mitchell. The multi-screen installation brings together five interpretations of Ophelia's madness in Hamlet and consists of ten short films suggesting possible variations in what you might see. Ten screens of varying sizes simultaneously play films of Ophelia interpreted dramatically through the lens of Konstantin Stanislavski, Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.
Created by director Katie Mitchell, video designer Leo Warner, set designer Vicki Mortimer, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Gareth Fry, starring Michelle Terry as Ophelia.
'A visceral, immersive experience.' Guardian
Olivier Stalls Foyer
24 Sept - 6 Oct