Two Gentlemen production of Kupenga Kwa Hamlet (The Madness of Hamlet)
In the twilight of a pre-colonial Zimbabwe, a world of unyielding beliefs and ritual, where the afterlife and the present co-exist we find two young men. The first Hamlet, a tribal prince, caught between madness and reason as he returns to find his father murdered, his mother incoherent and a new dangerous chief in charge. The other, Leartes, falls victim to the new ruler as he must revenge the death of his father and sister. What danger is lurking in the wings of this small kingdom? As the corpses mount, who will bury who?
Two actors, two props and the convergence of two cultures are all it takes to create an urgent, poetic and spiritual reimagining of the rarely seen First Quarto of Shakespeare’s classic.
Info: Kupenga Kwa Hamlet is at the Canada Water Culture Space, Canada Water Library, 21 Surrey Quays Road, London SE16 7AR on 23 May 2012, 7.30pm | www.thealbany.org.uk
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