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Martin Parr’s Cutdown Hamlet at the Site of the Elizabethan Rose Theate

Synopsis
Martin Parr talks to Heather Neill about his production of Hamlet which is performed by four actors, over 90 minutes, at the archaeological site of the Rose Theatre, Bankside. Parr talks of the resonance of the ready made atmosphere of the unique space, the hand-held torches and minimal lighting, and his work on cutting the text with Steve Gooch. He speaks of the audience’s role in the play and why he wanted Jonathan Broadbent to play Hamlet. The final dual scene is played as a poker game. The cast is Jonathan Broadbent (Hamlet), Suzanne Marie, Liam McKenna and Jamie Sheasby. Simon Russell Beale is the voice of the Ghost which comes through the radio.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Audio; Multimedia
Recording date
12 Feb 2013
Duration
38 mins

Credits

Contributor
Heather Neill; Martin Parr

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Hamlet
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rose Theatre (Bankside); Doubling of roles

Notes

Notes
Recordings can be listened to online at the Theatrevoice archive: http://www.theatrevoice.com/the_archive/
General
Theatrevoice is a website for audio content about British theatre, and features journalists from across the UK as well as press and practitioners from across the theatre industry. It was set up in 2003 to see if theatre could be talked about in a new way: allowing critics to be more expansive than the usual space constraints of the print media allowed. In 2008, V&A Theatre Collections and Rose Bruford College, London agreed to support the site in partnership. (http://www.theatrevoice.com/about_us/, accessed 7/2010)
History
The production ran 5 February-3 March 2013.

Production Company

Name

Theatrevoice

Email
info@theatrevoice.com
Web
http://www.theatrevoice.com External site opens in new window
Notes
Theatrevoice is the leading online site for audio content about British theatre.

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