THE STORY: Legendary cinematographer Jack Cardiff has retired to the sleepy village of Denham, Buckinghamshire. The glory days of working on some of the most famous sets in the world are now behind him, as are his secret liasons with a number of equally famous women. Despite the plethora of memorobilia from a lifetime of artistic achievement, writing an autobiography proves an impossible task—perhaps due to his insistance on living in the past rather than simply remembering it. Terry Johnson’s witty and poignant play examines the extraordinary life of the cinematic master and two-time Oscar winner.
“Terry Johnson’s first full-length main-stage play in more than a decade is an affectionate, funny and poignant homage to Jack Cardiff, the great British cinematographer whose genius for ‘painting with light’ suffuses such classic films as Black Narcissus (1947) and The Red Shoes (1948).” —The Independent (London). “Johnson’s plot inventively uses Jack’s condition to conjure vivid flashbacks. And the transition from Jack’s confused present to his triumphant past is superbly realised with the cast doubling or even trebling as Hollywood greats.” —Metro (London). “PRISM offers some striking vignettes and nicely reflective moments. An opening scene in which Cardiff runs through the various movie-making aspect ratios using his slowly rising garage door as evidence is inspired; and Cardiff’s final monologue offers a moving reflection on art and mortality.” —Time Out London.