Written by Heiner Müller
Co-produced and performed at Tanner Street Warehouse (Ugly Duck) in July 2016
Collide presented Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine; a collage of fragments, an orgy of deconstruction. We invited audiences to walk through the pieces of a broken civilisation and experience a grotesque wasteland full of beauty and cruelty. This provocative site-specific production invited audiences to enter a diseased crumbling world, and to experience the struggle for a new unspoiled one.
The human body stands at its centre – fragile and yet capable of extreme destruction and pain. We live in a time when Europe is facing all sorts of crises – economic, political, social, humanitarian ones – governments are busy burying these problems rather than facing them with actual solutions, and young people do not know which way to go.
For Müller’s Hamlet to be a machine is to be free of cultural and personal memory, to feel no pain, to have no thoughts. With a disturbing energy Müller writes of the “ruins of Europe,” for a revolution that both reduces and elevates humans to machines. Hamletmachine is a harrowing portrait of the aftermath of a war, of life under crisis.
Director: Emily Louizou
Music Composition: David Denyer
Designers: Alegia Papageorgiou & Greta Landers
Choreography: Ioli Filippakopoulou
Movement: Hanna Junti
Lighting Design: Daniel English
Producer: Rachel Horowitz
Translator: Marc von Henning
Marketing: Inés Aparicio
Trailer and Poster: Florence Knoyle
Rehearsal Videos: Vasilis Katsaros
Production Images: Alex Davison
Stage Manager: Lucy Hickling
Cast: Ava Pickett, Susan Hoffman, Alexandra Sinclair, Jordan Matthews, Jamie Spindlove, Oliver West, Maximilian Davey, Chris Szuca
“A REALLY GRIPPING PRODUCTION… DIRECTOR EMILY LOUIZOU BOTH ASKS FOR AND GETS A HUGE AMOUNT FROM HER CAST. A FASCINATING PERFORMANCE!”