14 - 25 February (Mon-Sat), 2pm - 8pm
Free, no ticket needed
Part film, part theatre, part art installation: Five Truths comes to the Howard Assembly Room in its first exhibition outside London. Acclaimed director Katie Mitchell presents five interpretations of Shakespeare’s Ophelia in the style of five of the most important directors of the 20th century: Stanislavski, Artaud, Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.
Be transfixed as each Ophelia tells a different story with the same words from Hamlet. Olivier Award winning actor Michelle Terry is all of these Ophelias, at once quiet and introspective, wild and untamed, detached and distant - each version offers its own truth, while at the same time contradicting and challenging the other versions. Which moves you the most? Which do you recognize? Which Ophelia are you the closest to?
Blending theatre and technology, Mitchell’s films are played simultaneously across ten screens in the Howard Assembly Room on a ten-minute loop.
‘...it’s a visceral, immersive experience’
Five Truths has been created for the V&A in association with the National Theatre. With video designer Leo Warner, set designer Vicki Mortimer, lighting designer Paule Constable and sound designer Gareth Fry
Please note that some scenes may not be suitable for younger children.
(opens Wednesday 1 February)
Look out for this interactive installation around Leeds city centre, specially created to accompany Five Truths. Produced by groundbreaking multi-media artists Invisible Flock, visit www.operanorth.co.uk/whoisophelia to find out more
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