A Synthetic Bear and Lashings of Mild Peril: Wednesday 18th January

Today’s rehearsal of Hamlet saw the actors in costume for the first time, and things quickly descended into a glorified fashion show. The director was concerned that Gertrude looked too much like an Arabian princess, and that Polonius looked like a beggar, whilst every solution to Claudius’ wardrobe issues seemed to result in the addition of another layer of fake fur; by the end of the day he looked more like a synthetic bear than the supposed King of Denmark.

As I am still banned from taking photos during the rehearsal process, here’s a suitably theatrical sunset, taken this evening at Yonohonmachi station, in Saitama.

The staging of the play itself is fairly interesting, as most of it will be taking place in the round, beneath a Perspex stage. For what I can only assume to be economic reasons the rehearsals (which will not move into the theatre itself until the week before the run) are currently taking place on a makeshift stage, which rater than being made of Perspex has large sections, which are systematically removed. Throw in a few halberds, some horrifically completed plate mail, and 40 actors, and you have a recipe for a rather tasty accident, with a side helping of hazard, and lashings of mild peril.


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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