This show sells itself as a retelling of Shakepeare’s ‘Hamlet’ with Ophelia taking centre stage. And although the concept is interesting and displays potential, the play seems to be lacking a certain something. The lines of the original play are used and abused in a rather sporadic manner, making them and the play as a whole lose meaning; they would most definitely be lost on those unfamiliar with the basic story of Hamlet. It is rescued, however, by strong performances from the small cast, especially by Kate Young as the feisty Ophelia. Perhaps worth seeing for ardent fans of the bard, but for most, unfortunately, I suspect this reworking of Hamlet is “not to be”.
theSpaces On The Mile, Aug 15 – 27 (not 21), 5.00pm (5.55pm), £4.00 – £8.00, fpp286.
tw rating 3/5