Heartbreak Productions; DeMontfort Hall, Leicester
In bleak contrast to the previous week's performance, tonight's acting
of Williams Shakespeare's; Hamlet was played out in the sodden evening's
air of an English Summer. Prior to the commencement of the script, actresses
clung to sodden gowns, actors drew on wilting cigarettes, as I clutched
my dampening knees beneath the edge of an ailing awning, but befitting
a company acting such a plot, the show must go on and tonight's
cast were not letting mere soggy costumes and the prospect of a chest
cold stop this performance.
Although condition's did prove somewhat of a distraction to me at times,
the sheer weight of the story (I was a 'Hamlet' virgin before
tonight) and the company's interpretation of the script was compellin.
With ingenious use of props to signify the characters place within the
play and actors who performed in multiple roles, made this a night where
the audience's complete attention was encouraged to wring every last drop
from the performance. Wherever you came from this evening in terms of
viewing this performance, be it novice or more familiar observer, this
packed enough in to gender to all comers.
Quite frankly you couldn't fail to be drawn into this play, whether it
be from the interpretation already described, or maybe the soggy bum you
took home. From the Beckham'esque coupling of Claudius (Thomas Hayler)
and Gertrude (Claire Worboys), to the carnage befitting our central players
as observed by Hamlet's friend Horatio (James Webster) at the culmination
of tonight's story, this thriller was undoubtedly a hit, even considering
natures part played in the performance.
If you missed it, why not catch our review of Heartbreak Productions open
air performance of Much
Ado About Nothing.