Square Chapel Arts Centre is working with their Associate Artist Debs Newbold on a new piece of theatre. It’s taking Shakespeare’s Hamlet and mixing it up, telling the story through the eyes of his mother Gertrude.
Gertrude is a fearless woman whose power is consistently undermined by the men around her. The show explores femininity, power and sexuality that promises to take audiences beyond Hamlet as we know it. What would Gertrude make of the world around us now? The piece is set in purgatory and placed under a 21st century lens. One thing’s for sure – it looks like it’s going to be very woke. Whether that’s your kind of thing or not is totally up to you.
The piece, Outrageous Fortune, is coming to Halifax Arts Centre on 25th and 26th March, followed by a national tour. The tour is particularly special as it’ll be the first time the arts centre has independently produced a piece of work that will tour the UK.
The show uses original narrative, Shakespearean verse and bold physicality topped off with live jazz drums.
Debs Newbold says: “Gertrude would have loved the chance to tell her story. In Hamlet, Shakespeare hardly lets her speak. Well now, she’ll have me. And a drum kit. So, she can make as much noise as she likes.”
Square Chapel Producer, Ali Ford said: “I have long admired Debs’ enthusiasm, passion and exquisite skill for the work she creates. Whether it’s a brand-new piece of writing or a retelling of an existing text, her delivery is fierce and charming in equal measure. It’s also an honour to be producing this show and being part of the team who will be taking the first Square Chapel production on tour across the UK.”
For more information and to book tickets, visit Squarechapel.co.uk.