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Bard and Bar: April 2019

An evening of Shakespearean Entertainment

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The 15 Minute Hamlet by Tom Stoppard

Tom Stoppard has taken probably the greatest work in English literature and stripped it to the bare bones of the plot. However in so doing, he has robbed it of the depth of philosophical thought and angst against which Hamlet struggles in considering whether he will be jeopardising his immortal soul if he revenges the murder of his father by his uncle. The plot seems somewhat ridiculous in this brief precis form although the tragic effects of both Claudius’ actions and Hamlet’s lack of action have on those who surround them cannot be ignored.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

After much mayhem and mischief on the part of Puck who spends most of the play mixing up the love lives of all the characters, Theseus, Duke of Athens, has finally married his true love, Queen Hippolyta. They have enjoyed a fine wedding feast and now expect to be entertained. A group of “local yokels” have been busy rehearsing the tragic story of Pyramus and Thisby, a Greek version of the Romeo and Juliet story. It is indeed a tragic tale but the tears it brings to the eyes are those of laughter not sorrow!


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Cast: 15 Minute Hamlet Cast: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare: Hannah Jackson Theseus: Dominic Pinkham
Horatio: Dorcas Henderson Hippolyta: Phoebe Challinor
Ghost: James Ramsay Philostrate: Suzanne Challinor
Claudius: Hannah Jackson Bottom (Pyramus): Dorcas Henderson
Gertrude: Suzanne Challinor Flute (Thisby): Sophie van der Louw
Hamlet: Dominic Pinkham Quince (Prologue): Hannah Jackson
Polonius: James Ramsay Snout (Wall): James Ramsay
Ophelia: Phoebe Challinor Snug (Lion): Rosina Gilding
Laertes: Sophie van der Louw Starveling (Moonshine): Valerie Pinkham
Gravedigger: James Ramsay Astley School Liaison: Lyn Reid
Fortinbras: Malcolm Barham  
Sound and lighting: Malcolm Barham  
Stage Managers: Yvonne Fulker and Lyn Reid  
Bar & Refreshments: Friends and members  
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