Casting Gertrude as a Man and Odious Laughter: Monday 9th January

Today saw a return to Saitama Theatre for my first day back at ‘work’, and after catching up with my colleagues it was straight down to business. The next main production is to be a February performance of Hamlet by ‘Next Theatre’, a group of early career actors (18-30), who have been hand picked by the director. Today was supposed to be the read through, but it didn’t go exactly as I had expected, instead ending up as a further audition for some of the actors, the most bizarre of which was the casting of Gertrude (Hamlet’s mother) as a man. Still, if it was good enough for Shakespeare…

'Rock' and indeed 'Ing'.

This evening a group of us went to go and see James Green play a set in a bar somewhere in Shibuya. James, whose set contained many ‘comedy numbers’ was excellent, however he only had himself to blame for the shrieking gaijin who was being stared at, as everyone is aware that I have no control over my cackling vocal chords. After James’ set there was a Prog/Blues group fronted by a guy with a handmade guitar which should by all account have been rubbish, but did in fact turn out to be an unbridled pleasure; the relentless tapping of my foot (out of time) swiftly replacing my odious laughter as the one unappreciated sound.


About truehamlet

Sam is a senior lecturer in Science Communication, who researches the different ways in which media such as poetry and film can be used to communicate science to new audiences.
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