Hamlet our brother by Julia Stubbs Hughes
A one-man re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet
5-9 April 2014 at Jack Studio Theatre.
Julia Stubbs Hughes has taken William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and using only the play’s text, recreated it into an invigorating, one-man re-imagining of the play, told from a new perspective.
Julia Stubbs Hughes has deconstructed the play and reconstructed it using only Shakespeare’s text to look at the events from the perspective of the survivor… she has created an intriguing monologue for an actor and Jeffrey Mundell rises splendidly to the challenge, delivering the famous set pieces handsomely and keeping the attention of the audience throughout… As a contribution to the 400th anniversary of his death celebrations this is certainly one of the more interesting offerings.’ Reviews Gate
‘Mundell’s intense, physical performance is fantastic, as are the design components. Karl Swinyard’s set, two rows of copper pipes forming a cell-like corner, is simple but creates striking shadows with Katie Nicolls’ lighting.’ The Play’s The Thing UK
‘Under Timothy Stubbs Hughes’ direction, Jeffrey Mundell has a heavy task: he has to reflect on Hamlet’s journey as Horatio and then also become all of Hamlet’s characters. With no one to play off of and with a vast amount of lines to deliver without an interval, Mundell’s focused commitment is very impressive… Katie Nicoll’s lighting design accompanies it very effectively, with clever, delicate lights… The music, composed by Philip Matejtschuk successfully aids the atmosphere of the piece, occasionally adding dramatic tension to the scenes.’ A Younger Theatre
‘All characters that feature in this version of Hamlet are played by Jeffrey Mundell, who displays a broad versatility, more than capable of handling the various emotions and personalities of different characters… Katie Nicoll’s lighting design is subtle and effective, and in a smaller studio space, some of Shakespeare’s lines are given a more understated treatment… if you like your one-actor one-act shows, you’ll very likely enjoy this one too.’ London Theatre 1