Published on 4 November 2013
The mental health of Hamlet, one of theatre’s most perplexing characters, will be explored when the University of the Sunshine Coast’s theatre group stages its next production.
USC Theatre’s version of ‘Hamlet’, will provide audiences with an exciting, contemporary take on the famous Shakespearean play in February next year.
Director and USC Drama lecturer Dr Jo Loth said there had been strong interest in auditions for the play, which will offer an unusual insight into the troubled mind of Hamlet.
“Our play will explore the mental health of Hamlet and how he and other characters in the play deal with depression,” Dr Loth said.
“It will show how the prevalence and complexity of mental health, specifically depression can be linked to personal isolation.
“Hamlet is someone who is unsatisfied with how his world is progressing but doesn’t know how to act. This is a feeling many young audiences can relate to.
“We will aim to tackle these issues through traditional theatre forms and physical theatre as well as multimedia, animation and an original sound design.”
‘Hamlet’ will follow on from the success of USC’s first play ‘The Romeo and Juliet Project’, which was performed to appreciative audiences earlier in the year.
Dr Loth said the success of USC’s first theatrical production and the interest in Hamlet was in line with the increasing number of students seeking to enrol in USC’s new Drama major.
The eight-subject major was launched this year and currently has 30 enrolled students, a number which is expected to increase in 2014.
The play will be performed at the Chancellor State College Theatre from Wednesday 26 February to Friday 28 February, 2014.