Versions of Truth draws on verbatim theatre and live art practices to explore identity, performance, authenticity and representation. Partly based on a shocking and personal real-life story, which is never publicly revealed, artist Tristan Meecham is interested in our relationship to truth and its mercurial nature. Set in an acting audition, Versions of Truth plays with the ethics and role of the actor, as the audition quickly travels down a rabbit hole of deceit.
This second creative development extends the artist’s practice in an exciting new direction, from the large-scale participatory art works he is known for, to a more intimate experience that sits within the current wave of performance artists who use themselves as a comic foil to explore uncomfortable and challenging subject matter.
Tristan Meecham, Nick Roux, Roger Monk and Noni Dunstone.
Tristan Meecham is a performance artist, curator and producer passionate about the grand and the ridiculous. He connects communities, audiences and artists together in events that transcend the everyday. Along with Bec Reid, he is Artistic Director of All the Queens Men.
All The Queens Men has created spectacular, large-scale accessible theatrical and participatory arts experiences, including Fun Run (2015 ANTI Contemporary Arts Festival; Finland, 2015 Ansan Street Arts Festival: South Korea, 2013 Sydney Festival; Opening Event, 2011 Darwin Festival, 2010 Next Wave Festival) and Game Show (2014 Festival of Live Art; Arts House, 2013 World Theatre Festival: Brisbane Powerhouse).
Tristan was also the Artistic Director of Give it up for Margaret: A month of philanthropic inspiration, and was the Curator and Lead Artist for Going Nowhere, a sustainable international arts exchange program at Melbourne’s Art’s House. At this development, Tristan will work with regular collaborator Nick Roux, writer Roger Monk and local actress Noni Dunstone.