Dead Centre
Hamnet / Chekhov's First Play
Theatre
4-5,8-10 Mar 2019
Dead Centre
Hamnet / Chekhov's First Play
Theatre
4-5,8-10 Mar 2019

© Jose Miguel Jimenez

© Jose Miguel Jimenez

© Jose Miguel Jimenez

© Jose Miguel Jimenez

© Jose Miguel Jimenez

Dead Centre
Hamnet / Chekhov's First Play
Theatre
4-5,8-10 Mar 2019
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Dead Centre Hamnet / Chekhov's First Play

Two dazzling new plays from OBIE-winning new stars of Irish theatre. In the fascinating monologue, Hamnet, Shakespeare’s estranged, short-lived son tries to understand the father who has no words for him. An emotive and haunting child’s view of the world.
Chekhov’s untitled first play, famously unstageable, becomes the vehicle for a witty critique of modern society and the whole concept of theatre. All your favourite Chekov characters and angst are here, plus individual headphones!
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Two dazzling new plays from OBIE-winning new stars of Irish theatre. In the fascinating monologue, Hamnet, Shakespeare’s estranged, short-lived son tries to understand the father who has no words for him. An emotive and haunting child’s view of the world.
Chekhov’s untitled first play, famously unstageable, becomes the vehicle for a witty critique of modern society and the whole concept of theatre. All your favourite Chekov characters and angst are here, plus individual headphones!
Two dazzling new plays from OBIE-winning new stars of Irish theatre.

In the fascinating monologue, Hamnet, Shakespeare’s estranged, short-lived son tries to understand the father who has no words for him. An emotive and haunting child’s view of the world.

Chekhov’s untitled first play, famously unstageable, becomes the vehicle for a witty critique of modern society and the whole concept of theatre. All your favourite Chekov characters and angst are here, plus individual headphones!

Hamnet
(4-5 Mar)

Shakespeare’s son takes centre stage
One letter away from greatness

“An extraordinarily fascinating and moving disposition on the meaning of life and particularly of death.” Independent on Sunday

Chekhov’s First Play
(8-10 Mar)

Staging the unstageable – Chekhov’s chaotic first play

“A perceptive and funny dismantling of theatre” ★★★★★ The Stage
“Riveting. Takes a wrecking ball to theatrical convention”
★★★★ The Irish Times
Hamnet

Stage design by
Andrew Clancy

Costume design by
Grace O Hara

Lighting design by
Stephen Dodd

Sound design by
Kevin Gleeson

Video by
Jose Miguel Jimenez

Dramatury by
Michael West

Text by
Bush Moukarzel
Ben Kidd
William Shakespeare

Directed by
Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd

Chekhov's First Play

Text by
Anton Chekhov
Bush Moukarzel
Ben Kidd

Set Design
Andrew Clancy

Effects and Onstage Design
Grace O'Hara

Costume Design
Saileóg O'Halloran

Lighting Design
Stephen Dodd

Sound Design
Jimmy Eadie
Kevin Gleeson

Choreography
Liv O'Donoghue

Direction
Ben Kidd
Bush Moukarzel


Hamnet
(4-5 Mar)

Shakespeare’s son takes centre stage
One letter away from greatness

“An extraordinarily fascinating and moving disposition on the meaning of life and particularly of death.” Independent on Sunday

“I’m not supposed to talk to strangers,” says Shakespeare’s young son Hamnet, “but how else am I going to find my dad?”

Four years after Hamnet’s birth, the playwright set off for success in London. Ambition overruled family responsibilities—the stuff of many later Shakespeare tragedies. At age 11, the boy was dead, probably of plague. His father reached Stratford too late.

This moving monologue about life and loss is an unsentimental, child’s view of the world. Brilliant video design and projections enable father and son to meet on stage. Hamnet—“one letter away from greatness”. An emotive, haunting, tour de force.

Chekhov’s First Play
(8-10 Mar)


Staging the unstageable – Chekhov’s chaotic first play

“A perceptive and funny dismantling of theatre” ★★★★★ The Stage
“Riveting. Takes a wrecking ball to theatrical convention” ★★★★ The Irish Times

“I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.” Anton Chekhov

Discovered in 1921 with its title page missing, Chekhov’s first play was declared unstageable. Too many characters, too many themes, too much action—like life.

Dead Centre’s new production attempts to prove the doubters wrong in this farcical and satirical critique of modern society as seen by Chekhov’s heroes. All the Chekhov favourites are present – ennui, depression, unhappy marriages, longing for change – shaped into a witty exploration of the playwright and the very concept of theatrical performance. Through individual headphones we hear the director’s instructions, explanations and often hilarious commentary as the play unravels. A unique theatrical experience.


Hamnet
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles
This production contains nudity and strong language
Not suitable for ages below 12

Chekhov's First Play
Approx 1 hr 15 mins with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles
Audience will be provided with audio headsets
This production contains nudity, strong language, smoking scenes and loud and sudden noises
Not suitable for ages below 12

Post-Performance Meet-the-Artist Hamnet

Date: 5 Mar 2019(Tue)
Time: 9:20 - 9:40pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Post-Performance Meet-the-Artist Chekhov's First Play

Date: 9 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 9:35 - 9:55pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders
Introduction
Two dazzling new plays from OBIE-winning new stars of Irish theatre.

In the fascinating monologue, Hamnet, Shakespeare’s estranged, short-lived son tries to understand the father who has no words for him. An emotive and haunting child’s view of the world.

Chekhov’s untitled first play, famously unstageable, becomes the vehicle for a witty critique of modern society and the whole concept of theatre. All your favourite Chekov characters and angst are here, plus individual headphones!

Hamnet
(4-5 Mar)

Shakespeare’s son takes centre stage
One letter away from greatness

“An extraordinarily fascinating and moving disposition on the meaning of life and particularly of death.” Independent on Sunday

Chekhov’s First Play
(8-10 Mar)

Staging the unstageable – Chekhov’s chaotic first play

“A perceptive and funny dismantling of theatre” ★★★★★ The Stage
“Riveting. Takes a wrecking ball to theatrical convention”
★★★★ The Irish Times
Creatives
Hamnet

Stage design by
Andrew Clancy

Costume design by
Grace O Hara

Lighting design by
Stephen Dodd

Sound design by
Kevin Gleeson

Video by
Jose Miguel Jimenez

Dramatury by
Michael West

Text by
Bush Moukarzel
Ben Kidd
William Shakespeare

Directed by
Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd

Chekhov's First Play

Text by
Anton Chekhov
Bush Moukarzel
Ben Kidd

Set Design
Andrew Clancy

Effects and Onstage Design
Grace O'Hara

Costume Design
Saileóg O'Halloran

Lighting Design
Stephen Dodd

Sound Design
Jimmy Eadie
Kevin Gleeson

Choreography
Liv O'Donoghue

Direction
Ben Kidd
Bush Moukarzel


Programme

Hamnet
(4-5 Mar)

Shakespeare’s son takes centre stage
One letter away from greatness

“An extraordinarily fascinating and moving disposition on the meaning of life and particularly of death.” Independent on Sunday

“I’m not supposed to talk to strangers,” says Shakespeare’s young son Hamnet, “but how else am I going to find my dad?”

Four years after Hamnet’s birth, the playwright set off for success in London. Ambition overruled family responsibilities—the stuff of many later Shakespeare tragedies. At age 11, the boy was dead, probably of plague. His father reached Stratford too late.

This moving monologue about life and loss is an unsentimental, child’s view of the world. Brilliant video design and projections enable father and son to meet on stage. Hamnet—“one letter away from greatness”. An emotive, haunting, tour de force.

Chekhov’s First Play
(8-10 Mar)


Staging the unstageable – Chekhov’s chaotic first play

“A perceptive and funny dismantling of theatre” ★★★★★ The Stage
“Riveting. Takes a wrecking ball to theatrical convention” ★★★★ The Irish Times

“I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell.” Anton Chekhov

Discovered in 1921 with its title page missing, Chekhov’s first play was declared unstageable. Too many characters, too many themes, too much action—like life.

Dead Centre’s new production attempts to prove the doubters wrong in this farcical and satirical critique of modern society as seen by Chekhov’s heroes. All the Chekhov favourites are present – ennui, depression, unhappy marriages, longing for change – shaped into a witty exploration of the playwright and the very concept of theatrical performance. Through individual headphones we hear the director’s instructions, explanations and often hilarious commentary as the play unravels. A unique theatrical experience.


Hamnet
Approx 1 hr with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles
This production contains nudity and strong language
Not suitable for ages below 12

Chekhov's First Play
Approx 1 hr 15 mins with no interval
Latecomers will not be admitted
Performed in English with Chinese surtitles
Audience will be provided with audio headsets
This production contains nudity, strong language, smoking scenes and loud and sudden noises
Not suitable for ages below 12

PLUS
Post-Performance Meet-the-Artist Hamnet

Date: 5 Mar 2019(Tue)
Time: 9:20 - 9:40pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

Post-Performance Meet-the-Artist Chekhov's First Play

Date: 9 Mar 2019(Sat)
Time: 9:35 - 9:55pm
Venue: Studio Theatre, HK Cultural Centre

In English

Free and open to all ticket holders