Dead Centre and Abbey Theatre, Ireland
Hamnet | Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage | Sept 26-Oct 7 2017
Photo © Ste Murray and Jason Booher
Hamnet demonstrates the tragic experience par excellence: he asks the question, why thinking leads so rarely to action…. a highlight of the festival. Berliner Zeitung
“Grief fills the room up of my absent child” - King John, Act III, Scene IV
William Shakespeare had one son. He named him Hamnet. He then left home to pursue his career in the theatre, effectively abandoning his family. In 1596, he was told that the boy - who was then eleven years old - was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare reached Stratford, Hamnet had died.
In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet.
Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. How close are we to greatness? We meet in the middle, in a theatre, in purgatory: youth reaching forward to a life it will never know, an audience reaching back to a life it has forgotten.
From the makers of the Irish Times Award winning LIPPY (Best Production) and the multi-award winning Chekhov’s First Play, Hamnet is a solo work for an eleven year old boy. Using live video and dead video, Dead Centre attempt to bridge the gap between two generations.
Hamnet is an Abbey Theatre and Dead Centre co-production.
Contains adult nudity.
Funded through an Arts Council Theatre Project Award. The Abbey Theatre is funded through the Arts Council's Regularly Funded Organisations funding programme.
Cast and Creative
Text by William Shakespeare, Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Dramaturgy by Michael West
Performed by Ollie West
Set Design: Andrew Clancy
Costume Design and Special Effects: Grace O'Hara
Sound Design: Kevin Gleeson
Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd
Video Design: Jose Miguel Jimenez
Tickets and Information
Venue: Abbey Theatre, on the Peacock Stage
Previews: Sept 26 & 27, 8 pm
Dates: Sept 29, 30 & Oct 4- 7, 8pm
Tickets: €18 - €25
Duration: Approx. 60 mins. No interval.
Talking Theatre: Oct 5, post-show, with members of the company
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