NVAP screening of Ubu and the Truth Commission

This free screening is a part of the weekend programme: Re:Play – Celebrating 30 Years of the National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP)

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NVAP screening of Ubu and the Truth Commission photo

Join us for a free screening of Ubu and the Truth Commission written by Jane Taylor and William Kentridge and was directed by William Kentridge. This production was recorded live by the V&A at the Coronet, Notting Hill, November 2015.

William Kentridge (who currently has a major retrospective on at the RA) directs this ambitious play using every theatrical form at his disposal. Juxtaposing shocking testimony via puppets by Handspring (War Horse), live action and animation, combining satire, verbatim, fiction and documentary, Kentridge's Ubu packs a powerful punch. There will be no interval for this production. The production is 85 minutes long. All screenings are drop in and are on a first come, first served basis. Please be advised, screenings may contain explicit language and content. Our full list of NVAP recordings can be found on the Archives page.

Established in 1992, through an agreement with the Federation of Entertainment Unions, NVAP was the first project of its kind in the UK. The archive now holds over 450 high-quality archival multi-camera recordings of live performance in Britain and continues to record and preserve productions for the national collection. The archive, launched with Richard Eyre’s production of Richard III starring Ian McKellen (National Theatre, 1992), features a vast range of stage performances, with work by notable playwrights, directors, set designers, lighting designers and actors. It is an invaluable research tool to learn about significant performances and captures and preserves moments of ephemeral performance history that otherwise would have been lost. When V&A’s Stratford storehouse opens in 2024, the recordings will be available to the public to view in a brand-new facility.

Background image: NVAP still from ‘Ubu and the Truth Commission’, 2015, directed by William Kentridge © Victoria and Albert Museum, London