“I go onto the street, clothed in my blood.” – Ophelia

Presented by the Second Year students of UCC’s Department of Drama & Theatre Studies, Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine, written in 1977 in East Germany, is apostmodernist drama, which borrows from Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot, Steven Berkoff, Robert Lepage and Tom Stoppard and deals not only with the ideas of communism and feminism, but the idea of being trapped in any time or situation.

Never was there a tale of more woe than that of Hamlet and Ophelia… their violent, ill-fated and abusive relationship forms the backbone of Hamletmachine.  Set in Elsinore, a place of purgatory, the playis an abstract and fragmented appropriation of Hamlet, taking the familiar and creating a free-fall down the rabbit hole into a non sequitur suspension of duplicated Hamlets and Ophelias with a Gertrude and Claudius thrown in for extra conflict and sexual tension.

It definitely is not for everyone. If Wicked or Mamma Mia is your idea of high art, you should probably skip Hamletmachine. If you like to be challenged at the theatre and see something different, come!



Nikki Burke

Anna Hession

Niamh Kavanagh

Deirdre Langford

Margaret McCarthy

Leah McNamara

Rebekah Moore

Eilis O’Sullivan

Ellen Quirke

Megan Roberts

Rachel Smith

Vera Stojanovic

John Tracy

Paula Weldon


creatives & crew:

Production Manager – Andy Weston

Lighting Design – Hanan Sheedy

Sound Design – Rob Moloney

Video Design – Jason Keane

Stage Manager – Emma Otten

DSM – Saorlait Moore-Foley

Costume – Norma Howard

Fight Choreographer – Andy Weston

Poster Design – John McMonagle

ASM –  Sally-Ann Quill, Orlaith Clarke.

Music – Dustin O’Halloran, Adam Wiltzie, Bobby Krlic, Robert Moloney

Text – Heiner Müller, Tom Stoppard, William Shakespeare, Robert Lepage, Steven Berkoff & the cast




special thanks to:

Steve Neale,  Ian Byrne, Conal Clapper, Cliodna O’Brien, Laura Gallen, UCC Fencing Club, and UCC Medieval Society


for DTS:

Head of Drama & Theatre Studies – Aleksandar Dundjerovic

2nd Year Co-Ordinator – Marie Kelly

Administration – Siobhan Keane-Hopcraft


for Granary:

Director – Tony McCleane-Fay

Technical Manager – Steve Neale

Administrator – Siobhan Consenheim