Tragic (when my mother married an uncle)
Eden Court – One Touch Theatre
Wed 12th November
In Iain Heggie’s contemporary language version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, we see the main protaganist played by a young male actor Sean Purden Brown. In an unusual twist, the platy is set with a students bedroom, complete with bunk bed and desk and music that wouldn’t be out of place in a trendy nightclub. Prince Hamlet introduces us to the people in his life by showing us pictures on his I pad, which are projected onto a large screen. We meet his friend, Horatio who’s a tad boring, the girl he’s into called Ophelia and his Mum and Dad. He recounts the sad story of how his Dad died and then tells us of his disgust at the fact his Mum has now married his Uncle C.
The rationale behind this one man play is Iain Heggies “desire for audiences to be able to access the story easily” and by using the language of our time he wanted to “get the story into the audiences jugular” and for me it definitely succeeded on both counts. Although I initially struggled with the paradoxical sensations of Heggie’s transcreation, by the end I was hooked, for Sean Purden Brown gave a substantial and confident performance that was entirely believable and gripped my attention.
The audience discussion and questions with both Iain and Sean after the play wasenjoyable and insightful, an added bonus to top off this touching and humorous adaptation of Shakespeare’s most famous, poetic & brilliant play. FOUR STARS
Reviewer: Zoe Gwynne