Review: Hamlet at The Young Vic

stellar performance from Michael Sheen.

Four Hours? I’m pretty sure Shakespearian audiences wouldn’t have put up with that.

So I was fortunate enough to book tickets to see Hamlet, and young enough for the tickets to cost £10. And then I  heard of people queuing from 5.30 am to try and get returns. WOW. And although it may seem like a long time to wait, turns out that when the box office opens at 9, they’ll actually have waited less time than the whole performance takes: at least they’re getting value for money.

Or are they?

Personally, the production was a little over thought for me. There were particular highlights: the modern take on in-the-round meant that my front row seats couldn’t be nearer the action – when one feels Michael Sheen’s spit on them, it certainly elevates the performance to another level – however the ‘pre-show journey’ was ill-considered…

Being the nosy spectator that I am, I find it difficult to enjoy site specific productions that accept the idea of audience passivity and beliefs. If we are walking through an area and there is food on a table, I expect to be able to take that food, not have a Young Vic usher tell me off and demand I put it back. Everything that is placed in a site specific piece should be availiable for audiences to engage with – otherwise what is the point of letting us physically walk through a characters space? It added nothing to the final performance, it was just as effective with the small part of the prison/hospital we could see from our seats.

Sheen’s performance of Hamlet was strong – he breathed 21st century life into his words, playing with intonations and syllables: “CUNT-try” being a particular shocker to certain audience members. However he was very limited with his expression during the big iconic speeches – a man torn as sch in my opinion wouldn’t just be sitting in a chair having these dark thoughts – whether that was a directorial decision or Sheen’s own, I didn’t find it as effective as I wanted it to be.

All in all though, the production does still show how relevant and brilliant Shakespeare’s work can be to 21st Century audiences.

Peace Out.

Performing with Perriplum at the British Museum

Yes, that’s me on the floor.
 
 
Last summer, I had an amazing opportunity to perform with an incredible Brighton based theatre company called Perriplum. I managed to see them perform at the Malta Festival in Poznan, where they performed their brilliant show Arquiem (CLICK THE PHOTO FOR A LINK TO THE PERFORMANCE)  – parading through the streets of Poznan with carts and music, we followed them around the cobbly streets as the sentenced a man to death. It was incredibly visceral, moving performance.
 
So the opportunity came up to volunteer as a performer for Perriplum’s performance for the British Museums “Eygptian Book of the Dead” late night exhibition. We performed five scenes, twice over, and the performance totalled 3 and a half hours. It was a brilliant experience, and as you can see by the photo, there were a lot of people watching.
 
 
 
 
 

Dana Segal

Biological breakdown:

30% tea.

20% cheese.

50% carbs.

Mental breakdown:

50% insane.

50% confused.

Emotional breakdown:

100% passionate.

Interest breakdown:

99% theatre.

1% everything else (food, music, wine [not in the sophisticated way], etc…)

Language breakdown:

30% Hebrew.

60% English.

10% Brain-fart.

Geographical breakdown:

20% Ireland

20% Israel

50% England

10% “somewhere between gesture and thought” – Artaud

Daily routine:

  • Tea
  • Thought
  • Lecture
  • Tea
  • Thought
  • Food
  • Read
  • Read
  • Read
  • Sleep