Project Description

This gently immersive promenade performance blends discreetly into the human traffic of the Library of Birmingham during the day and animates the silent spaces of the building after dark.

Even The Ghost Is Lying Poster

EVEN THE GHOST IS LYING

A LITTLE EARTHQUAKE PRODUCTION

commissioned by
BIRMINGHAM LITERATURE FESTIVAL

Based on the short story
IN A GROVE
BY RYUNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA

and the film
RASHOMON
BY AKIRA KUROSAWA

“I watched the two of them, carrying on together… I knew one of us would end up getting hurt – or killed… And I didn’t want it to be me.”

Deep in the woods, a man lies dead. But no one can agree on how he met his death. Not even the dead man himself.

As those involved retrace their steps through the whispering forest, they share their version of events. But the more we hear about what has happened, the less we know for certain. As everyone’s story steadily contradicts the others — when the simplest details do not match up — and when even the ghost may be lying — how are we to get to the bottom of the mystery?

This gently immersive promenade performance blends discreetly into the human traffic of the Library during the day and animates the silent spaces of the building after dark.

Please note: audience members are required to navigate staircases, walkways and travelators on foot. If you have access requirements, please contact the Festival for guidance before booking.

CAST

Takehiro, the dead man | Lee Comley
Masago, the widow | Charis Jardim
Tajomaru, the bandit | Jack Trow

CREATIVE TEAM

Director and Writer | Philip Holyman
Dramaturg | Gareth Nicholls

FOR LITTLE EARTHQUAKE

Co-Directors | Gareth Nicholls and Philip Holyman