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Hamlet as Told on the Streets

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet as re-told by American Shel Silverstein and performed by Winnipeg’s One Trunk Theatre is one sick rap/hip hop update performed in a graffiti-tagged construction site-cum-makeshift performance.

The white-faced, five-member cast offers a rough-around-the-edges but visceral 30-minute version that gleefully raises an emphatic middle finger to Shakespearean purists.

This street version is aggressively stuffed with throbbing music, arresting visuals and the sky-high body count we expect from hanging with the Danish prince and his friends.

Silverstein’s verse is very funny and the production’s only disappointment is the short supply of live singing (that and the screen projecting the lyrics pooped out halfway through opening night).

Hamlet is fast and raw and the F-word repeated is not "fringe." The final scene is especially violent, so much so that even the characters are sick and throwing up.

Kudos to Gwen Collins, Nathan Costa, Joshua Ranville, Adam Charbonneau and Tanja Woloshen for making Hamlet as Told on The Streets to be, and not to be.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

Written by Shakespeare, adapted into a poem by Shel Silverstein, executed by One Trunk Theatre in their bloodiest show yet.

Set to rap, with the backdrop of a street-core-hip-hop music video, actors transform themselves into urban bloodthirsty and dysfunctional thespians.

Bulging with comedy, and dripping in gore, Hamlet as Told on the Streets is about to take Canadian theatre by the b@LL$. Be the first in line to see the next great show.

Director: Andraea Sartison

Cast: Gwen Collins, Tanja Woloshen, Joshua Ranville, Nathan Costa, Adam Charbonneau

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 30 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 12 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Herbal Cigarettes, Flying body parts

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