Melbourne will see the emergence of an apocalyptic theme in The Hamlet Apocalypse delivering a darker, more sinister reality with a local twist.
Similar to the 1959 apocalyptic film On the Beach, which was paradoxically set (and filmed) in Melbourne and depicted the city as the only habitable place left after World War III, both stories tell of a conflict that has devastated the planet and is gradually killing all life there.
The Danger Ensemble now relocates to Melbourne and introduces themselves to the locals with their latest season of The Hamlet Apocalypse exposing Melbourne audiences again to the frightening reality of the end of humankind.
When facing certain (and possibly unpleasant) death- what would you do? In the film, On the Beach, the government benignly supplies these last survivors with ‘suicide pills’, whilst the ardent dystopians in The Hamlet Apocalypse choose to rehearse Hamlet instead.
Featuring the strong overtones of war and destruction, Hamlet is an excellent vehicle through which to explore the individual’s perceptions of mortality or immortality through the ghostly appearances of Hamlet’s father, and the inevitable “no-win” situation where war, greed and power overtake any notions of humanity.
Director and Co-designer of the play, Steven Mitchell Wright says the play challenges the audience to experience the reactions of the cast to their impending doom. But is The Hamlet Apocalypse a “play within a play”? Are the seven actors in this production -Chris Beckey, Katrina Cornwell, Nicole Harvey, Thomas Hutchins, Polly Sará, Peta Ward and Mitch Wood- being themselves, acting out the roles of their onstage personas or their Shakespearian counterparts? Will the audience ever really know what is reality or what is dramatic license?
True to their motto: the world is no longer safe from art. The Danger Ensemble brings this unique theatre experience to Melbourne in The Hamlet Apocalypse, find more info on their website here!
Dates: 7 - 18 November 2018
Location: Theatre Works (14 Acland St, St Kilda)
Times: Tues - Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Cost: $47.50 Full, $39.50 Concession, $35.50 Preview (booking fees included)
Bookings: (03) 9534 3388 or book online