TG has reminded us why Shakespeare is so famous and why his performances always pay off.
To be or not to be. See or not see Now that is the question. See. Let’s see. – Eden Jack, Hamlet
For those who don’t know, Shakespeare Village it’s an absolute bloodbath. The protagonist finds out about his father’s murder and plans to screw him over as a result, causing everyone he has ever loved and known to go insane or die trying. Theater Group used very basic staging to let his talents shine, something that was incredibly successful.
It was very good. You can tell how much effort everyone put into it. It was very intense.
First of all, I wanted to take this opportunity to give high praise to the team behind these performances. Directors, producers and technology work together behind the scenes to create something truly magical. Village’The directing team of Liv Grindon and Pietro Andreotti previously described this production as a “passion project”, and that was instantly believable. Only those who really love a bit of Shakespeare can express that much emotion in each scene, and each emotion was brought out perfectly. The huge team of producers managed to come up with some fabulous costumes and oversized set pieces (although one set may have been a bit distracting because it’s really awful), as well as video content that played effortlessly alongside the drama on stage. . I can’t remember ever seeing such a bunch of cool stuff in one place, and I thank the Village team for the gall to try. For those of you who are going to see the show and don’t understand Shakespeare’s language, there are plenty of opportunities for you to catch up and be as enthralled as any fan.
Liv Grindon and Pietro have done an amazing job creating some outstanding theatre. I have been very proud and very happy to have worked on it with them. Village It’s amazing, the whole cast is amazing. It has been a challenge because it has been the first time that I have cried.
-Joshua Newby, Laertes
Now, to the cast. Wow.
Completely natural as Hamlet, Eden Jack appeared in every scene to get your attention, to make you feel all the feelings, to watch his slow descent into utter despair. Eden is a superstar and she ate the part with absolute certainty that I’m not sure who she is anymore. Also, sorry, David Tennant, who?
Eden was amazing, and so was everyone else.
– John Galbraith, writer, director, and mastermind behind the originally written musical, Be happy, performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
While it is, of course, the Hamlet show, the rest of the cast did not voluntarily step down from the spotlight. The mischievous King Claudius (played by Douglas James) was sensational, turning from manipulative to angry to slightly sexy. I had the pleasure of seeing Douglas’s fans after the show, and they were just as excited about his performance as I was. Married to Claudio is Gertrude, played by India Browning. India lived up to the role of a queen by playing it like an absolute, well, queen. She was able to shift her emotions so effectively on stage by providing that motherly love, while still being a bit sexy.
It was a great night. I really enjoyed seeing Shakespeare come to life. It’s always much better to see it performed by actors than to read it and it was a lot of fun. I thought Douglas was especially good at playing him, very powerful at playing him. And he’s also the guy at the end.
Our next family saw father Polinius (Jacan Chaplais) with his son Laertes (Joshua Newby) and daughter Ophelia (Kat Fevyer). The three of them had incredible chemistry every time they were together and each tried their best with their characters, so it’s also hard to remember who they are as real life people. As the first to die (spoilers), Jacan was definitely missed on stage, as he was always incredibly dominant. Near death (spoilers again), Kat was amazing as the poor girl who was beaten mad and constantly stealing everyone’s attention. Also, can you audition for Showstoppers? Finally, Josh was amazing as the raging son, literally making me sit there with my mouth hanging open at his ability to believably cry on stage, taking me completely by surprise. We were lucky to have an extra dash of Josh, as he’s played various roles as a nosy Scotsman and is completely at home on stage.
My favorite part is the beginning with Ofelia, Laertes and Polonius. They look like such a cute family. It looks so cute, so perfect. The chemistry is impeccable. The acting is brilliant.
– Douglas James, Claudius (big fan)
While the rest had smaller roles, there were no smaller actors. Charlotte Connelly was fabulous as Hamlet’s best brother, and it was a very touching ending to have her rub his head to say goodbye to her. Emily Dugdale, Katy Halliwell, Ziqiao Xu and Nathaniel O’Shea were also amazing in their supporting roles, changing characters and expressions with complete believability. It was also very nice to see Robin Mooney as General Fortinbras, although he wouldn’t ask what his father would think of his performance. Although I must confess that the performance of the century has to go to Max Williams as a humble gravedigger. That guy went all balls to every wall with that performance: commanding, inviting, and maybe a little sexy?
I think maybe all my characters would work for different pimps.
– Nathaniel O’Shea: Player King, Messenger, Gravedigger (all dressed as pimps)
In general, I have found myself rather short for words on Village. There are so many ways to say “it was amazing, I loved it”. So it was just amazing, I loved it.