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There are three kinds of people in the world, those who love Shakespeare, those who don’t and those that pretend to know exactly what Shakespeare meant with his self-made language. Regardless of where you place yourself, we know that the sheer brilliance of Shakespeare will live on, and with the production of iHamlet, it is proven yet again.

iHamlet is not your average adaptation.  Performed by the talented, Ashraf Johaardien, the play takes you on an hour-long solo performance of bits and pieces of one of Shakespeare’s longest plays and tracks the transition of the Prince from his deep melancholy to his unhinged passion. What is most intriguing of the performance is the quick shifts between emotion, from grief to rage, madness to pure crazy embodies the mind of the mad, bad, moody Prince of Denmark brilliantly.

The one thing that stands out most in this production is that the portrayal of Hamlet is constant, there are no other character’s portrayed, just fragments and pieces of the very disturbed soul of Hamlet himself.  A gesture that highlights the fixation on the “i” that we have in our modern day lives, it’s all about you, isn’t it? Or is it all about Hamlet? You decide.

Johaardien comments: “Hamlet’s central moral dilemma transcends the Elizabethan period. His struggle to act in a corrupt world while maintaining a sense of his moral integrity reflects the same dilemmas we have faced through the ages and which we still face in South Africa and the world today.”

Catch this sharp and witty production at The Fringe, Joburg Theatre from Friday 11 May 2012 to Saturday 19 May 2012. Tickets are R115.00 and can be bought online. Click here. (http://www.joburgtheatre.com/show.asp)

Directed & Designed by Jade Bowers
Performed by Ashraf Johaardien
Adapted by Robin Malan

“Originally published on Bizcommunity.” (http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/429/75087.html)

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