Secrets was devised, designed and directed by Nigel Triffitt in collaboration with the Handspan ensemble. It was the company's first mainstage production.
Enigmatic, innovative, provocative, Secrets polarised audiences. Reaction ranged from "a visual symphony" to "industrial strength twaddle". One French critic advised "Leave your Cartesian ideas at the door". To anyone seeking a definitive explanation of Secrets' polymorphic parade of imagery, Triffitt's reply was "If you want a story, go read a book."
Secrets premiered at the 1983 Australian International Puppet Festival, where it was awarded Best Production. From there it toured in Australia, Europe and the US until 1986.
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