What were you born to do? Who could you be if you lived without limitation? What would you do if you had the opportunity to find out, once and for all?
Hellscreen is a sensual, exciting and terrifying production which fuses film, animation, music, immersive design and theatre. Inspired by a classic Japanese horror story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and set in the contemporary London art world, Hellscreen follows an artist, his daughter and a collector on their descent into hellish greed and obsession. It explores the artistic drive to create, the commoditisation of art and the rules of basic human relationships.
Renowned performance artist Jonny Woo (Gay Bingo, Bistrotheque) plays Frank Holt, an extremely talented contemporary artist whose horrifically dark personality makes him an outcast in already dark circles. His daughter, Amy (Vanessa Schofield) is the only thing that brings him a sense of joy.
Playwright Morgan Lloyd-Malcolm (You Once Said Yes) and director Rachel Parish (Soon Until Forever) pair up to create a modern-day take on this Japanese story. Pulling from true stories of lust and intrigue, Hellscreen is a unique portrayal of the highs and lows of the artist’s drive to create.
Supporting Firehouse Creative Productions’ mission to develop contemporary performance for curious audiences through innovative collaborative practice, the exciting creative team includes designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita (Idomeneus and winner of the Linbury Prize, 2013), filmmaker Susan Luciani (Double Barrel Productions) and composer Joe Hastings (Hunger).
Hellscreen plays from Wednesday 25th February – Sunday 8th March 2015 at 8pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinees, 3.30pm. You can find it at the VAULT Festival, The Vaults, Leake Street, London SE1 7NN.
Box Office Tickets are available from www.vaultfestival.com.