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Death By Shakespeare (HurlyBurly)

By | Published on Wednesday 14 August 2019

Performing Shakespeare at the Fringe is a risky move; his plays are so well known that in order to stand out there’s always a need to try and find new ways to present his work. This show’s attempt at a new perspective is to be commended, however I don’t think it was entirely successful. Overly reliant on choral speaking, and combining multiple characters’ deaths into a performance that suffered from an excess of melodrama, it was easy to lose individual lines and stories as they were split amongst the large ensemble. The overly serious tone was somewhat marred by a single comedic scene, which seemed out of place but was also, unfortunately, the high-point of the play.

theSpace @ Niddry Street, run ended.
tw rating 2/5 | [Will Norris]