Produced and presented by Edward Day
Hosted by The Cockpit
What if you woke up one morning and realised that your life was actually a computer game? Your Dad just died, your Uncle's married your Mum and is hell bent on world domination, while the person you have a crush on turns out to be a samurai sword wielding super hero. Oh, and your Dad's a singing ghost.
Inspired by films like Scott Pilgrim Vs The World and with references to almost every videogame ever made, Super Hamlet 64 is fast paced retelling of Shakespeare most famous play, full of retro animation, spoken word, live music and comedy songs.
Hamlet is about a boy trapped by tragic circumstances, unable to choose anything.
We've coupled Shakespeare's soliloquies with modern poetry, exploring ideas of adulthood, ambition, gender and our fragile relationship with technology.
Edward/Edalia Day is a trans/non-binary spoken word artist, animator and theatre maker based in Norwich. They trained at Lecoq and Alra have performed in a wealth of Shakespeare and physical theatre with notable roles including Bottom, Malvolio, Queen Elizabeth, Hamlet, Prospero and King Lear. This year they're also touring Too Pretty To Punch, a one person show about transphobia.
Praise from reviewers:
"Day never ceased to impress, like a man possessed at times, effortlessly switching between characters...the best original play I have seen." ★★★★★ Theatre Bath
"Day's antics are joyfully creative, whether he's flinging an imaginary banana in a round of Mario Kart or apologising to unseen enemies as he bounces on their heads" - Fringe Guru
“Gamers love the gaming jokes, Shakespeare lovers adore the Shakespeare jokes, and non gamers enjoy the mix of video projection, physical comedy and spoken word.” - Buxton Fringe
Praise for past shows:
"Clever, intriguing but funny and dark in equal measure, this piece provides a detached appraisal of the conflicting rules we live by."
★★★★ West End Wilma (on In The Surface of a Bubble)
"Day’s language is a flower-bomb of rich, thought-provoking imagery, it truly pushes the boundaries of the imagination."
★★★★ A younger theatre (on In The Surface Of A Bubble)
"A total geek fest."
"Had me grinning from select difficulty start to boss level end last night."
"Witty, playful and silly with a super kinetic central performance.”