“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!
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
Head of Drama & Theatre Studies – Aleksandar Dundjerovic
2nd Year Co-Ordinator – Marie Kelly
Administration – Siobhan Keane-Hopcraft
Director – Tony McCleane-Fay
Technical Manager – Steve Neale
Administrator – Siobhan Consenheim