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Shit- Faced Shakespeare: Hamlet - Adelaide Fringe Review

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by Jonathon Tonkin (subscribe)
I'm a 26 year old male Senior Reporter for Weekend Notes. I Graduated from A Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing and Communication) at UniSA in 2014. As well as writing for WN I have also done pieces for the Adelaide 36s and Mawson Lakes Living.
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5 Stars - Well on their way to another sell-out show
After five consecutive years off sell-out shows, Shit-Faced Shakespeare returns with their rendition of Hamlet. So after so much success how does this show stay fresh? It's easy really. First of all, it's Shakespeare. With such a huge library of options from comedy to drama to romance, each year is always going to have a different twist. The second part is the formula. Take a group of five professionally trained Shakespearean actors, get one of them recklessly drunk and then try and put on a show. What results is half proper Shakespearean theatre and half train wreck waiting to happen.

This year, the artisans at Shit-Faced Shakespeare have given us the monumental tragedy that is Hamlet. The story of a man who's is trying to reveal the murder of his father by his uncle, the King. It's full of tragedy, tension and drama. At least for about 5 minutes until our drunk Ophelia takes the stage. It's still tragic but a different kind of tragedy as Ophelia who also plays Horatio forgets her lines, stumbles on and off stage, continuously refers to actors by their real names, and is all together disruptive. This is genuinely every actor's nightmare scenario and it's absolutely hilarious to see unfold.

I have seen Shit-Faced Shakespeare for a few years now and it is honestly my favourite show each year. I can tell you that the intoxicated performer is truly off their face just by the experiences I've had. Every time you see this show things will be different depending on who it is imbibing the booze that night. They could be an angry drunk, a lightweight, a sleepy drunk. Each time I've been it's unfolded differently depending on who draws the short straw that night.

Shit-Faced Shakespeare is my favourite of the Fringe each year and this year is no different. If you want an hour of non-stop laughs then this is your show. Come watch four actors desperately try to hold some civility together as one drunk idiot tears everything down. Shit-Faced Shakespeare is on every night except Mondays until the 15th of March in The May Wirth at Gluttony. Find more information here.
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When: 14th Feb - 15th Mar
Where: The May Wirth at Gluttony - Rymill Park
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