ED2011 2/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Tis In My Memory Locked: An Adaptation Of Hamlet (The Second Earth Theatre Company USA)

By | Published on Tuesday 9 August 2011

Alas, poor Second Earth Theatre Company, who could not have chosen a more bitterly ironic title for this lacklustre and utterly forgettable reworking of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking classic. Although the Dane was competently acted and suitably earnest throughout, any emotional response to his monologues was nullified by constantly distracting whirring from an unreliable and unnecessary film projector on the back row; the production would have been far less disjointed if Ophelia had appeared in the flesh rather than in stilted onscreen footage. As the only audience member in an amusingly hamlet-sized venue, I had expected an engaging and intimate forty minutes of theatre. However, the lead maintained only fleeting eye contact, alienating me during my own private performance – a crushing disappointment…

C eca, 3 – 29 Aug, 2.05pm (2.45pm), £6.50 – £9.50, fpp304.
tw rating: 2/5