AN ABBEY THEATRE AND DEAD CENTRE CO-PRODUCTION
by William Shakespeare, Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
Directed by Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd
28 September - 7 October on the Peacock Stage
"Grief fills the room up of my absent child"
King John, Act III scene IV
William Shakespeare had one son. He named him Hamnet. He then left home to pursue his career in the theatre, effectively abandoning his family. In 1596, he was told that the boy - who was then eleven years old - was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare reached Stratford, Hamnet had died.
In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet.
Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. How close are we to greatness? We meet in the middle, in a theatre, in purgatory: youth reaching forward to a life it will never know, an audience reaching back to a life it has forgotten.
A solo work for an eleven year old boy, Hamnet uses live video and dead video to bridge the gap between two generations, asking each other what they want to pass on and receive.
Hamnet will premiere at the Schaubühne in Berlin this April.
Presented by Dublin Theatre Festival.