TRUTH is a fusion of song and choreography, created by Helen Chadwick and directed by Stephen Hoggett, using testimonies collected from all over the world – some brutal, some hilarious. A beautiful and thought-provoking song theatre show, which explores the once-simple notion of truth in our messy modern age of fake news.
“When truth threatened my life, I told a lie…..”
“Genuinely one of the most affecting and REAL performances I’ve seen. That blending of heart-rending stories, humour, light and dark – was extraordinary.”
“Engaging for the heart and soul – loved it. Phenomenal harmonies, touching stories beautifully conveyed, and a powerful message for today.”
Performers: Victoria Couper, Krystian Godlewski, Liz Kettle, Helen Chadwick
Musical Director Helen Porter
Lighting Mark Friend and Steven Hoggett
Associate Choreographer Jennifer Rooney
Photographs Toby Farrow and Simon Richardson
Graphic Design Jeremy Williams
Digital Marketing and Social Media Sarah Agha and Natalia Clark
Producer Alison Holder
Tour Booking Kate McStraw and Helen Chadwick
Hawkwood College (Artist Residency)
Lucy Bronwin (Development Support)
Co-commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Arts Council England
ABOUT THE TEAM….
Victoria Couper (Performer) Previous theatrical engagements include Remnants (with Erratica, The Print Room, Notting Hill), La Celestina (with Erratica, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY), Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare’s Globe), Home (with Yasmin Vardimon & Graham Fitkin, ROH), and Dr Dee (with Rufus Norris & Damon Albarn, MIF, ENO). She performs regularly with a cappella trio, Voice, alongside a spectrum of ensembles, including; Daemonia Nymphe, Sinfonye, The Artisans, The City Musick, The Dufay Collective, and The Grand Union Orchestra.
Krystian Godlewski (Performer) is an actor, singer, dancer, theatrical instructor and director, specialising in physical theatre and is co-founder of London Open Choir, Alle Choir London and The Bones Theatre. Krystian graduated from the Theatrical Academy in Warsaw. For 7 years he worked with the ‘Stajnia Pegaza’ Theatre company in Sopot,Poland. Known as Groot in “Guardians of the galaxy”. Television credits include: BBC series “Capital” and “Ambassadors”, Stan Lee’s “Lucky Man” and “Murder Maps”.
Liz Kettle (Performer) worked with Helen on Katie Mitchell’s Henry VI at the RSC (Stratford and world tour), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Cultural Olympiad 2012) and War Correspondents (2014). Acting credits include with Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne (Berlin); Waves, The Seagull and Attempts on Her Life with Katie Mitchell (National Theatre), Plasticine (Royal Court) and Iphigenia at Aulis (The Abbey Dublin). TV includes Honoria Glossop in the Jeeves and Wooster series, Morse, Poirot, Rosemary and Thyme and Antonia Bird’s Rehab.
Mark Friend (Designer) Recent design work includes: “King John” by William Shakespeare. Director Trevor Nunn (Kingston Rose).“This Evil Thing” written and performed by Michael Mears. Director Rosamunde Hutt (U.K and U.S tour). “New Labour” by Marcelo Dos Santos. Director Richard Wilson (Vanbrugh Theatre, Rada). “Nation” by Mark Ravenhill from Terry Pratchett’s book. Director and design with Melly Still (National Theatre, Olivier). Mark’s book “Making Scale Models” is published by Crowood Press.
Gemma Scott (Company Stage Manager) Gemma has been a stage manager since 2011, working on everything from children’s theatre to burlesque. Recent credits include: Hunch(Assembly Roxy/DugOut Theatre); Raisins to Stay Alive (Soho Theatre/zazU); Educating Rita (Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch); Experience (
Jennifer Rooney (Associate Choreographer) Choreography credits: Good Vibrations (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Paper Boy (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), The Hostage (Jackson’s Lane Theatre, London), The Assistant’s Revenge(Cahoots NI, Irish tour), The LadyKillers (Lyric Theatre, Belfast), Gutted (Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury), Much Ado About Nothing (The Handlebards U.K. and international tour 2016), Gulliver’s Travels (Lyric Theatre Belfast), Associate Movement Director credits: Once the Musical (The Olympia Theatre, Dublin), Resident Movement Director (Phoenix theatre, London)
Helen Porter (Musial Director) is a composer, singer, vocal coach and musical director. She has coached for the National Theatre, Helen Chadwick Song Theatre, and for choirs and vocal ensembles all over the country. Composition work includes projects with the Royal Opera House (Twitterdaemmerung, Carbon Copy Cabaret). She teaches singing privately, and runs summer weekend singing residential courses at her home int he Tamar Valley. She is currently touring her solo performance ‘Constant As The World’ and also sings with the Dorset based quartet Misbehavin’. www.helenportermusic.co.uk
Alison Holder (Producer) is an independent producer after recently moving on from the Bush Theatre. Productions include: Booby’s Bay (Finborough Theatre / Wardrobe Theatre / Porthcothan, Cornwall); Becomi
Steven Hoggett– Movement direction credits include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time; The Last Ship; Let The Right One In; The Crucible; The Glass Menagerie; Rigoletto; Rocky: The Musical; Once; Peter & The Starcatcher; American Idiot and Black Watch. As director, credits include We Are Here and What’s It All About. Music video choreography includes work for Bright Light Bright Light; Imogen Heap and Susanne Sundfør. Film credits include How To Train Your Dragon 2 and Freak Show. Steven co-founded Frantic Assembly, and with Scott Graham wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre.
Helen Chadwick Composing credits include: song theatre commissions for the Royal Opera House, English Touring Opera, Greenwich and Salisbury Festivals, a BBC, the RSC and the National Theatre. With Steven Hoggett she has also created War Correspondents, and Dalston Songs. At heart a song writer, she also records and performs solo and group concerts. She has recorded ten albums including a track that featured on Desert Island Discs. She sang on the film TROY.
Sarah Agha (Social Media and Press) is an actress of Arab and Irish heritage from London. Acting incudes ‘Operation Magic Carpet’ at The Polka Theatre, Shatha Khalil in ‘Homeland’, Series 5, Quilliam International’s run of ‘Deadly Dialogues’ , Ilya in Series 3 of AMC’s ‘Into The Badlands‘. A voiceover artist (BBC Bitesize, Radio 3, Sky), other skills include stand-up comedy, sketch writing, piano, singing, kick-boxing and radio presenting. Sarah runs her own editing company, Killer Reels.