Theatre (drama, tragedy)

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  • theSpace on North Bridge - Fife Theatre
  • 11:05
  • Aug 10
  • 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Durham University Classical Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


DUCT presents a modern-day twist on the classic, inviting its audience into a haphazard and disorderly world, mirroring the turbulence of Hamlet’s madness. The production draws parallels to contemporary mental health issues, illustrating the destructive properties it can have on both relationships and ourselves from the perspective of a female Hamlet. DUCT's production combines Shakespeare's script and narrative with the experience of living with a mental health disorder in 2019. We have redefined the (somewhat offensive) term 'madness' as we view Hamlet's symptoms as a schizoaffective disorder, and focus on how its symptomatic manifestations affect people in Hamlet's life.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Information not supplied
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Jon 40 days ago

The trouble with playing Hamlet (the character) is that all the great actors in history have played it before. So there's a lot to live up to. It's also likely that at least one person in the audience is going to know that play inside out.

So it's a risky play to take on.

In my opinion, this company pulled it off. Hamlet him/herself was accomplished although only portraying a single side of the character's multi-faceted personality. Although I completely felt the melancholy, I struggled to see the wit and passion of the character. However it didn't seem to matter in this very short version.

The other characters were strongly played with the unfortunate exception of Polonius, whose short scenes with Ophelia especially lacked pace and depth and in other scenes also lacked the humour which is required to punctuate the intensity of the rest of the play.

I liked the clever ways in which the interpretation brought the story into the 21st Century with use of mobile phones and the changed roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. But I thought more could have been done to emphasise the idea that Hamlet was slipping into a mental breakdown which is a great idea, but it just didn't work out well for me.

Overall though an inspiring and worthwhile rendition which (having seen upwards of 20 different versions over the years) I would recommend.

Kirsty R 42 days ago

Really good. Great acting. Perfect length for Hamlet - all the best bits! Well done. 4 stars!

Will Carey 42 days ago

No Hamlet expert, I was gripped and driven back to reread the play by this accomplished production.
Deftly directed by Gemma Macmillan-Fox, mesmerising sound/staging effects and passionate performances all round created a sharp focus on mental instability.
Given current anxieties over mental health (inc. amongst students), this riveting Hamlet examines emotional trauma and how well we (inc. our N.H.S.) deal with it.
Inner turbulence, parental control, alienation...they're all there.
MAD if you miss it!

Jan Leaver 43 days ago

Excellent production with talented actors. Hamlet played by a young woman gave an interesting perspective, beautifully done. His/her lurch into mental illness as a response to tragic circumstances was completely believable and understandable. I've seen Hamlet several times over the years by different theatre groups and this was the most moving production of them all. It's an early time slot, but well worth getting up and out for. Go and see it!

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

"Durham University Classical Theatre’s Hamlet puts a new and refreshing spin on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays"...

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