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Alas! Poor Yorick

3 weeks ago

Alas! Poor Yorick

22 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024

Shakespeare Street

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An entertaining excavation of work and political systems through the eyes of the gravediggers in Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Alas! Poor Yorick draws on David Graeber, Marx and popular culture to present a relentless critique of our institutional failings, hypocritical cultural mores and political inadequacies wrapped up in a 70-minute largely silent clown show.  Alas! Poor Yorick represents the culmination of Ridiculusmus’s lifetime obsession with Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet.’

Beyond the means of a small-scale theatre company to mount a full scale production of the classic tragedy, the artistic partnership of Jon Haynes and David Woods pulls out every trick in their theatre playbook to create a Stoppardian take on the gravediggers from ‘Hamlet’. Re-enacting all the preceding acts of the original and meticulously staging the famous graveyard scene in all its four hundred and twenty year-old glory.

Flipping the original slide into chaos and mistaken murders into an existential clown piece, that is beautiful and oddly moving, the prevaricating protagonist is offered in a refreshingly less flattering light.

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