23:00, Tue 11th – Sat 15th November 2008 at ADC Theatre
Michaelmas Week 5
On an evening just like any other, Raphaella has her entire life summed up on the evidence of the shoes she wears.
On an evening just like any other, Raphaella is made to question everything she thought she was by the struggling artist sitting across the room from her.
Questions become obsessions as Raphaella tries desperately to discover who this man sees when he paints her, to understand the image he has of her. In a relationship based on deception and manipulation, Raphaella is forced to decide how far she is willing to go in her search for self-discovery, whether she is prepared even to turn herself into another person to be sure of her own identity.
Empty Portrait, a psychologically captivating piece of new writing by Cambridge student Claire Wells, evokes the power of art to raise questions about our own sense of being, as well as about the power and brutality of human nature.