If it wasn't obvious from their blurb, this is, in no way, a traditional Shakespeare. This work focuses on Ophelia, the sexist double standards at play and how these influenced her decisions. Miriam Slater as Ophelia, along with her rock band, Handmaidens, guide us through her interpretation of what happened with Hamlet and how her father and king used her for political gain.
Shakespearean excerpts are juxtaposed with punk rock songs and modern dialogue. Once we got used to the structure of the play it all seemed to flow quite well. Sound levels need a little tweaking to ensure the words of the songs are clear and the audience can follow along a bit easier. The was no set beside the necessary rock band paraphernalia, but nothing felt lacking as the performers effectively filled the stage. The bright makeup worked stunningly with the lighting effects. Simple costumes changes were used to denote different characters and to enhance the sensuality of the show.
This show is what Fringe theatre should be: new ideas, new interpretations, presented in creative ways that not only make us question the stories we have been told but also our definition of theatre.