Genre: Multimedia performance
Opened 30 July 2008
Written: inspired by The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky and adapted by Katie Mitchell and the company
Directed: Katie Mitchell
Produced: National Theatre
Cast:Hattie Morahan, Ben Whishaw
Synopsis: This multimedia performance develops the use of live video . A woman lies dead on a bed in her wedding dress, a silver knife through her heart. The two men who loved her lie beside her.
What the popular press had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "Leaves me bemused, confused and deeply unenthused." PAUL TAYLOR for THE INDEPENDENT says, "Extraordinarily compelling, multi-media piece." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "As much as I welcome experiment, I feel Mitchell's attempts to merge film and theatre are leading her up a cul-de-sac and becoming a repetitive substitute for the movie she obviously yearns to make." DOMINIC CAVENDISH for the DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "In terms of mood - shadowy, febrile - Mitchell supplies a correlative to the book's gloomy introspection, but we're fatally starved of specifics. Too much rushing, not enough Russian...As theatre, though, the evening never achieves lift-off. Probably the most superficially impressive and profoundly futile show in London." ALEKS SIERZ for THE STAGE says, "A memorable evening of experiment, desire and sensual enjoyment." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Instead of narrative clarity we get a version of The Idiot so impressionistic that those unfamiliar with the original novel will think they’re dreaming or drunk."
Production photo by Stephen Cummiskey