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Tag: Hamlet

Sie Weiss Alles

James Cairns and Taryn Bennet in a script written by James. It is no secret that I am head over heels with James Cairns as a performer. I won’t miss anything he does. (Dirt is one of three shows at the festival that I would be prepared to see again.) I also think that Taryn is gorgeous. So it was a no-brainer that I would enjoy their performances but, I must confess, I was dubious about the subject matter.

A German SS officer interrogating an actress (who he had known previously) just before the Russians arrive. I have sort of done with this period in history, and I don’t really enjoy seeing English in German accents. But, this is an incredible idea, turned into an amazing piece of writing, twisting every possible moment on its head. Then there are the beautiful, original performances and connection between these two that make the work totally absorbing. But that’s not all. There are such layers, such surprizes, such thrilling observations. The two of them end up rehearsing the ‘get thee to a nunnery’ scene from Hamlet in the most exquisite, revealing and actor loving way. Genius. It was transporting.

I revelled in watching a ‘straight’ play, with real characters, real characterisation, real dialogue. I loved the reliance on old fashioned production values and the playing out of a great script. Sie Weiss Alles is great work performed brilliantly. See it.

Revenge of The King Hip Hop Hamlet

That’s what this festival is all about; a fabulous show that had its last performance today, without much of an audience, but was fantastic, and should have been squeezed full of students, reveling in the coolness of Shakespeare as hip hop.

Eleven gorgeous young Princeton students and a funky DJ do a contemporary take on Hamlet, with rhyme, dance, commitment, moves, energy and tons of creative enthusiasm!

It was hard for me that there were so few people in the audience at the depressing Bowling Club. It irritated me that the tuck shop staff could be heard throughout the performance distracting the performers. It made me mental that people went to the toilet during the show.

And yet, I loved this hour and a half of modern American Hamlet. Ham (Hamilton) has to take revenge on Jean Claude (Claudius). He is a politician, running for mayor. Polonius is Mr Parker, the sheriff. Etc. Classic. Ham gives performance advice to the mc for the showdown.The smooth mix of old and new rhymes, guns and moves, radio show, community war, slo-mo fight scene, and real connected scenes that told the story was totally engaging. The cast was sexy, funky and talented. They performed in a bit of a vacuum. And tomorrow they leave. Sad. And amazing. I was lucky I saw it. Follow the DJ on @DJSUPERNOVA

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