The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.2039 Tuesday, 7 November 2000.
Date: Tuesday, 07 Nov 2000 20:05:54 +1100
Subject: "Hamlet in One Hour"
Tanya Gough wrote:
>A bit of internet weirdness to brighten your day.
>The attached link will take you to a download of an animated short
>featuring an overacting frog doing "To be or not to be".
Which reminded me in a roundabout way: I recently saw a hilarious
production entitled "Hamlet in One Hour", at the Fringe Festival here in
Melbourne. Rather than being a straightforward condensed version of the
play (as I'd expected), it was a surreal and very funny staging by two
seemingly incompetent but enormously endearing clown-like actors. As
they presented 'The Murder of Gonzago' as a Punch and Judy Show, the
audience was laughing so hard that we were in danger of asphyxiation.
The review's at http://www.stageleft.com.au/ for those who are
interested. There's also a review there of "Maquina Hamlet", an
Argentinian presentation of Muller's "Hamletmaschine", recently here for
the Melbourne Festival. As I described it to the reviewer I was
assigning it to, "It's an Argentinian production, in Spanish, of a
German writer's treatment of an English play about a Danish prince,
presented for an Australian audience".