Hamlet Project / Israel

– In summer 21013 we completed a research project in collaboration with the ATC (Acco Theatre Centre, Israel), director Keziah Serreau and  lead artist, Amie Burns Walker.

The project fuses theatre, dance, music and  installation art in the exploration of an immersive adaptation of Hamlet using artists from Israel and Britain.

We discovered through development of the text that it was more important to create a reaction to Hamlet, abandoning the archaic language which became a barrier to create a much more visual approach and something rooted in the actors own stories and realities. We found that substituting the script of Hamlet for the myth of Hamlet the responses were much stronger and it allowed us to see the text in a new light and open up many new interpretations of the play and potential for a production.

Hamlet is about grief. Each character grieves for the loss of someone that has suffered a violent death. Polonius is stabbed, The King is poisoned and Ophelia drowns. This is a theme much closer to home for Israeli and Palestinians as it is a reality for many people. The Hamlet project aimed bringing the significance of this to a British Audience.
The research period of 21 days in Israel consisted of workshops with artists working with ATC. The artists presented and devised a new perspective to a universal story that we hope to share with a British audience in the future.

Director: Keziah Serreau
Lead actor: Amie Burns Walker
Digital artists: SDNA

Kindly supported by the Arts Council England and Acco Theatre Centre.