Amleto, La Veemente Esteriorità Della Morte di un Mollusco
- Alternative title
- Hamlet, The Vehement Externalism of a Mollusc’s Death
- A re-interpretation and deconstruction of Hamlet by Renato Castellucci. Amleto has only one performer, a child, who recites extracts of text, only one of which is recognisably from Hamlet. It is a study of autism and is divided into five sections - the first four corresponding to characters from Hamlet with a matching stuffed and filthy toy. 1. Hamlet and the father with the stuffed bear. 2. Hamlet and Horatio with a stuffed parrot. 3. Hamlet and Ophelia with the talking doll. 4. Hamlet and the mother with a stuffed kangaroo. Part 5 is Hamlet and his death. The bear can be seen to represent an impressive authority figure, the parrot echoes what Hamlet says, and the doll is fed with a spoon symbolising Ophelia’s infantilised state. Hamlet’s kangaroo-mother (complete with baby in pouch which Hamlet throws away) is subjected to a violent interrogation by Hamlet with her head stuck through the springs of a bare bed frame, a frame which Hamlet later connects to an electrical circuit causing it to glow.
- Technical information
- Colour / Sound
- Recording date
- Nov 2004
- 80 mins
- Ateliers Berthier
- Theatre company
- Societas Raffaello Sanzio
- Production type
- Stage Recordings
- The actor Paolo Tonti is not himself autistic.
- First produced by the Societas Raffaello Sanzio at Modena, February 1992. The video recording catalogued is from a performance at the Ateliers Berthier in November 2004 as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
- The stage is divided into sections by wires and car batteries.
- For an excellent and detailed analysis of the work see Escolme, Bridget. Talking to the Audience: Shakespeare, Performance, Self. (Oxford and New York: Routledge, 2005). p. 141-3.
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