A True and Attested Account

Written and directed by Fintan Brady, produced by Karen McFarlane, with musical direction by Reggie Chamberlain-King, A True and Attested Account was presented by Partisan Productions in the Engine Room, Portview Trade Centre, in April 2018.

The play is based on the Goligher medium case in Belfast 1920, where a physicist, Dr Crawford, ably assisted by the medium Kathleen Goligher, attempted to prove the existence of spirits and their use of ectoplasm. Laura, the wife of Dr Dawson (the Crawford character played by James Lecky) has died and he can’t remember her face. Shots of her (mostly not showing her face) appear throughout. Dawson breaks down as Ruth Gallaher (Carla Bryson), the Goligher character, is ‘possessed’ by the dead wife,  Lighting and projection played a role here as Laura’s face flickers on the wall, Ruth’s face is dark until reflection from her hand lights it.

The idea came from “deep image construction” which is the capture of what the brain sees: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/01/mind-reading-algorithm-can-decode-pictures-your-head and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsp1KaM-avU. The effect was produced by ‘degrading’ a frame capture into about 300 stills are repeated (12 secs of video – see YouTube at bottom of this page).

http://artscouncil-ni.org/news/partisan-productions-a-true-and-attested-account. http://pastiebap.com/entertainment/theatre-preview-a-true-and-attested-account-the-engine-room/

Click on a photo to start slide show – All photos and footage were shot by Chris Martin