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Ophelia, Princess of Denmark
Performance Date: 27/07/2012
Performance Time: 7.30pm
Performance Date: 28/07/2012
Performance Time: 2pm & 7.30pm
The Madness of...
Celebrated playwright Frank Bramwell's new Shakespeare adaptation premieres at the Old Joint Stock Theatre as part of the OJST Alternative Shakespeare Festival, 18-28 July 2012.
Ophelia is utterly mad. And she’s dead. Plenty enough problems, it seems, for her to have to deal with.
Unfortunately, to add to her dilemma, Prince Hamlet and King Claudius, her two companions, both seem dead set on putting right the wrongs of their previous existences. Whatever that cost might be.
How on earth, you might ask, is a girl to deal with a situation like this . . . ?
Imagine . . . Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet reaches its conclusion; 3 of the 8 characters who die in that play then seemingly find themselves marooned in the after-life. Questions left unanswered from the original play rear their heads up again with ferocious intensity, an eternal nightmare of scathing unresolved issues, deep personal griefs . . . and shedloads of redemptive fun along the way.
'Ophelia, Princess of Denmark' is the fourth sequel to Shakespeare’s original plays written by Frank Bramwell. The challenge for all the sequels is to find new ways of re-presenting the work of Shakespeare; by putting his plays’ themes, words and characters into very different new settings, audiences are treated to a completely new understanding and fresh enjoyment. Staying true to Shakespeare by being different pretty much sums up what we’re trying to do. This play, specially written for the OJST Alternative Shakespeare Festival, continues that tradition.
Feedback from previous Shakespeare sequels written by Frank Bramwell
News Shopper ***** “. . . when it comes to Shakespeare "re-written" I get very sceptical. But I was proven wrong as Heart Productions pulled out all the stops and the audience was treated to a delicious journey through Prospero's messed-up mind. The audience is taken on a whirlwind trip through the Tempest's dark themes of revenge, love, power and forgiveness, all delivered by a strong cast, reminding the audience they are not watching the real thing but a fabulous new sequel.”
Three Weeks – 4 Stars “ . . . a strong piece of Theatre from Heart Productions. The mix of the Bard’s script and Frank Bramwell’s words works well here and is helped by the enthusiastic actors. An accomplished and interesting performance of a play which challenges the three actors to the height of their ability. But they tackle it with passion and Macbeth’s remorse verges on the endearing.”
British Theatre Guide – 4 Stars “Frank Bramwell's play, however, is that very rare bird, a genuinely unusual take on the play, which remains true to the spirit (and the words) of the original whilst making us question our assumptions about it. It's a very original and clever piece of work . . . very compelling and, at times, even amusing . . the play itself is a wonderful re-exploration of Shakespeare's original, from a totally different perspective. The blend of Shakespeare's words and the writer Frank Bramwell's own words worked very well."