Five Truths: Stanislavski
Running time: 7.13mins
Film maker: Fifty Nine Productions
This video features two films from the video installation Five Truths that focus on a Stanislavskian approach to Ophelia.
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?
A video installation called Five Truths commissioned by the V&A in partnership with the National Theatre was created by a group of contemporary theatre makers lead by Katie Mitchell, looking at these questions. 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.
The Five Truths will visit the NT for a period in 2012.
The National Theatre has a rich history of working with many great directors, including Laurence Olivier, Peter Hall, Jonathan Miller, Richard Eyre, and Trevor Nunn. More recently the theatre has been home to Howard Davies, Mike Leigh, Katie Mitchell, Danny Boyle, Deborah Warner, Marianne Elliott, Josie Rourke, Felix Barrett, Nadia Fall and Nicholas Hytner. This collection of videos give an insight into how the work of a director at the National Theatre.
Nicholas Hytner discusses the role of the director.
Director Peter Hall discusses his career and his latest production, Twelfth Night, with Nicholas Hytner.
A film about the collaborative vision of the writer, composer and directors of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour.
A look at how two of Katie Mitchell's multimedia productions, Waves and ...some trace of her, were developed using novels as a starting point.
Katie Mitchell's Waves and ...some trace of her looked for new ways to represent human behaviour.
This video features two films from the Five Truths that focus on Peter Brook's approach to Ophelia.
Sam Mendes and Simon Russell Beale give an insight into the current production of King Lear.
This video features two films from the Five Truths that focus on Jerzy Grotowski's approach to Ophelia.
Director and playwright Mike Leigh attended a questions and answer session with the young members of Entry Pass. This video features edited highlights of his interview with them.
Katie Mitchell discusses her approach to generate material for a new show through workshops.
Meet the director Jaime Lloyd and see the cast in early rehearsals of the play.
Katie Mitchell talks about directing Pains of Youth.
Nicholas Hytner delivers a workshop on how to direct a scene from Twelfth Night.
Melly Still talks about her approach to creating Nation, an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's novel.
Deborah Warner speaks about the play, how she approached the project and Brecht.
Neil Bartlett speaks about Or You Could Kiss Me and collaborating with the Handspring Puppet Company.
A short film about the story behind the play, with Fiona Shaw and Tom Cairnes.
The creative team talk about bringing the novel to the stage in this short documentary for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
A short introduction to John Hodge's play Collaborators.
Jonathan Miller talks about his career, his art and working with Laurence Olivier.
A short introductory film about Howard Davies' production of Andrew Upton's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.
Peter Brook talks to Mark Lawson about his career, the theatre and directing Shakespeare.
Danny Boyle and Nick Dear on Frankenstein.
Go behind the scenes and into the 'From Morning to Midnight' rehearsal room with director Melly Still, writer Dennis Kelly and actor Adam Godley.
How would Stanislavski direct the actress playing Ophelia in the famous mad scene in Shakespeare’s Hamlet?
Verbatim theatre is a type of theatre-making where the text is generated from interviews with 'real life' people.
Director Nicholas Hytner, writer Nicholas Wright and members of the Travelling Light Company Antony Sher, Damien Molony and Lauren O'Neil talk about the production.
Finn Caldwell (Director) and Toby Olié (Director and puppet designer) discuss their journey from the initial idea of The Elephantom, to its staging .
This video features two films from the Five Truths that focus on Antonin Artaud's approach to Ophelia.
Michael Blakemore talks to Michael Frayn (playwright) about his book Stage Blood.
This video features two films from the Five Truths that focus on Bertolt Brecht's approach to Ophelia.
This film looks at the creation of this story, featuring interviews with director and writer Nadia Fall, musicians Tom Green and Shakka Philips, and cast member Grace Savage.
The piece's creators discuss why, after 30 years, the time was ripe for another staging.
- Commedia dell'arte
- Cottesloe Theatre
- Fight direction
- Five Truths
- Greek Theatre
- Lyttelton Theatre
- NT 50 celebrations
- Olivier Theatre
- Scenic art
- Scenic construction
- Set design
- Stage management
- Special effects
- Stage operations
- The Light Princess filmmaking competition
- Temporary theatre
- Tour the building
- Video projection design
- Walk in the Light