Happiness is a Performance Called Hamlet...
the success of Cows - the Musical, which was taken by Leicester University
Theatre to the 2001 Edinburgh Festival, the chance to take another original
production north was too tempting to resist.
that end, and in an effort to raise much needed funds for the proposed
expedition to the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the team charged with this
immense task have put into motion the production of a new, avant-garde,
production of the classic tale of secrecy, betrayal and murder, Hamlet.
a production arranged and directed by the experienced LUT operator and auteur,
Tony Joslin, the text has been reduced to just two hours, without losing the
important aspects of the story. The setting for the production has been brought
forward to the period of Prohibition in late 1920s America, although no accents
have been added to highlight this, due to fears it might spoil the original
an ambitious expansion of the original script, several extra scenes have been
added to give emphasis to the main storyline and these will be performed in Mime
to various pieces of contemporary music. Furthermore the 'Players' scene is to
be performed in a modern dance style with the use of Masks.
internal struggles of The Denmark family will be brought to light in
extraordinarily atmospheric fashion. The play itself is to be performed in
Traverse, bringing the audience much closer to the action, with added effect
being provided by a complicated technical, lighting and music plot.
feeling that this could be a chance to raise significant funds to take the
exciting new play, How I learned to stop worrying and Love my Toys,
currently being written by another former student, Steve Rodgers, to Edinburgh,
was the main motivation behind giving support to the project.
It was a welcome bonus that it allowed those not fortunate enough to be
cast in this terms LUT plays to be involved in a quality production.
Mr Joslin's part, the risk of funding and producing a play himself was one he
was more than willing to accept if it meant bringing his vision to the stage.
With the Edinburgh Committee's support, it also allowed him to lend
support to a cause not far from his own heart.
times are as follows - Sunday, March 16 at 1.30pm and Monday - Tuesday, March
16-18 at 7.30pm at The Venue Theatre in the Percy Gee Building at the University
of Leicester. Tickets for the production can be purchase from the LUT Box Office
on 0116 252 2000.
TO EDITORS: FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION ON LUT'S VISIT TO THE FRINGE CALL ROB RICKS ON 07736 509 626
SPECIFIC INFORMATION ON THE HAMLET PRODUCTION CALL TONY JOSLIN ON 0116-2915880
OR HANNA-MARI SALORANTA ON 07766 347919
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