n Shakespeare in Southern Africa - "Something rotten in this age of hope", The HamletMachine : directed by Wesley Deintje. Rhodes University Theatre. 28 September 2007 : theatre reviews
|Article Title||"Something rotten in this age of hope", The HamletMachine : directed by Wesley Deintje. Rhodes University Theatre. 28 September 2007 : theatre reviews|
|© Publisher:||Institute for the Study of English in Africa (ISEA)|
|Journal||Shakespeare in Southern Africa|
|Publication Date||Jan 2008|
|Pages||66 - 68|
Heiner Müller's most famous play (Die Hamletmaschine, 1977) has evolved into something of a familiar war-horse for student theatre. The United States in particular has taken to the work; indeed, it was meant in part for them : "Heil Coca-cola!" says the script. For today's South African ears this has become, very aptly, "Hail the Rainbow Nation!" What young director can resist it? Only eight pages in extent, the sparse yet densely referential text offers unfettered scope for interpretation and contextualization.
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