Half Hour Hamlet does what it says on the tin. But more than that, it translates Shakespeare's epic tragedy into a style and format that even the least theatrically educated Fringe-goer will understand.
Patrick Hercamp, of Sound & Fury fame, presents the Bard's words as reinterpreted by writer Jeff McLane. In today's words – not a thee or thou to be seen – this script is targeted right at the modern audience. If you've got a short attention span, and like your action fast, funny and a little bit creepy, then this is for you.
Hamlet – that's the one where a bunch of crazy people run around the castle killing each other, right? And someone says, "To be, or not to be, that is the question"? Well, yes, but there's so much more to it than that!
Hercamp wants you to understand the genius and universality that is Shakespeare. In a mere thirty minutes, he will teach you more about Hamlet than your Year 12 English teacher did in a whole year. After all, "Brevity is the soul of wit."
You'll learn about all the characters, like Hamlet, his ex-girlfriend Ophelia, her dad the King's adviser and brother Laertes, the uncle/father King and the Queen, along with Hamlet's old school mates Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, and his dead dad, the ghost of the old King. You'll understand why Hamlet was acting all crazy and what led Ophelia to flip her switch and drown in the woods. Hercamp presents the plot in a way that's entertaining and memorable.
Showing most afternoons at the Producer's Garden, for only $18 a ticket, this is a great show to get you warmed up for the night. It'll leave you laughing, but better yet, will give you a whole new appreciation for what Shakespeare is all about. I'm off to re-watch Kenneth Branagh's film version now.