A guide to breathing new life into Shakespeare
English literature students struggling with the works of William Shakespeare would do well to see Act II Theatre Company’s treatment of the Bard.
Just two years after a show based on the world’s greatest playwright, Act II excelled again with a version of Hamlet that should earn some of its stars a place at drama school.
Jack Harrison (pictured), last seen as UKIP leader Nigel Farage in Act II’s bawdy send-up of 2014, stole the show as an unhinged Prince of Denmark.
Ably supported by Morgan Agate (Gertrude), Sophie Gale (Laertes), Rebe Hawes (Polonius) and Act II regular James Girard (Ghost) (but in a role unlike any he has played previously), the astonishing level of expertise shown by the cast with such an old English script was amazing.
But even more of a marvel was Dominique Spinks as Orphelia, a revelation of a role for someone who only started her Act II acting career three years ago.
The Spalding High School student brought a frightening depth and realism to such a tragic role.
One wonders what actress Maxine Peake (Silk, The Village, Shameless), whose take on Hamlet comes to South Holland Centre on March 23, would have made of it.
Review by Winston Brown