By Mark Wilson
Hamlet is a body without organs. A privileged ingrate, a serial procrastinator, and above all: a desiring machine.
His dad's dead, his mother wants a grandchild and, his therapist is the father of psychoanalysis. And as the monarchy teeters on the edge of destruction, a new leader has taken the stage with visions of a prosperous Denmark committed to freedom, the individual and the market. Stuck in a cycle of self-obsession and serial procrastination, will the weight of History itself be enough to make Hamlet wake up, grow and stand up?
There's never been a better time to be a Dane.
ANTI-HAMLET uses Shakespeare's characters as the scaffold for a raucous and ruthless excavation of Australia's cultural and political maze and the identity crisis underneath.
Following critically acclaimed national tours of Richard II and Unsex Me, ANTI-HAMLET is the culmination of Mark Wilson's trilogy of radical excavations of Shakespeare's iconic plays. This epic production brings together an extraordinary cast to take on Freud, Turnbull, Public Relations and Colonialism via Deleuze and Guattari.
“Structured with elegance and performed with exuberance,Unsex Me is brave, clever and fierce”
– Real Time Arts/Caroline Wake on Unsex Me
“brazen, subversive and extremely funny… a brilliant, daring show with outstanding performances” ★★★★☆
– The Age/Cameron Woodhead on Richard II
Anti-Hamlet was first presented at Theatre Works in November 2016.
Created by Mark Wilson
Set & Costume Design by Romanie Harper
Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson
Sound Design by Tom Backhaus
Dramaturg & Producer Mark Pritchard
Associate Producer Dan Giovannoni
Associate Artist Olivia Monticciolo
Stage Manager Jacinta Anderson
Assistant Stage Manager Piper Huynh
Production Manager Cat Scobie
With Marco Chiappi, Natascha Flowers, Natasha Herbert, Brian Lipson, Marcus McKenzie, Charles Purcell and Mark Wilson