The Danger Ensemble Bring Award-Winning Season To Theatre Works In Melbourne

Published by: Sassy Red PR | 20-Sep-2018
After a decade of pushing boundaries, polarising audiences, and creating some of Brisbane's most unique theatrical experiences, The Danger Ensemble now relocates to Melbourne and introduces themselves to local audiences with their latest season of The Hamlet Apocalypse. #DangerEnsemble #HamletApocalypse
Venue: Theatre Works
Address: 14 Acland Street, St Kilda
Date: 7 - 18 November, 2018
Time: Tues - Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
Ticket: $47.50 Full, $39.50 Concession, $35.50 Preview (booking fees included)
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Call: (03) 9534 3388
Described as "unashamedly, wildly theatrical" (Actors Greenroom), "a delicious clusterf*ck" (Nothing Ever Happens In Brisbane), and "live and pulsing" (ArtsHub), 'The Hamlet Apocalypse' unfolds as seven actors stage Hamlet on the eve of the apocalypse. As the clock ticks down and the line between fiction and reality blur, actors, characters, and worlds collide... distilled into the simplest of human states. It's a high stakes game where audience and actors alike are left asking; What's fact? What's fiction? What really matters? 

"We were looking at the idea of the apocalypse in all its forms. We soon realised that how the world was ending was irrelevant, but it was essential that it was specific and personal for each performer, and that needn't be shared with the audience.", explains Director Steven Mitchell Wright on the particular style of the work.

"It was evident that Hamlet was the best fit because of it's themes around death, legacy, ghosts, incoming war or destruction, and love. As a company we actively pursue the collision and blurring of the actors as themselves and the characters they play. The mash up of personal truth and experiences on stage and a characters journey creates a tension that we really enjoy - it's difficult and it's not always comfortable, but it's rich territory. We want to take risks and make work that can't be easily dismissed - we aren't interested in the idea of the audiences 'liking' or 'not liking' a work. A show should make an audience feel something, and that feeling should never be bored."

An award-winning company, The Danger Ensemble has created work that's stretched the gamut from reinvented classics 'Macbeth' and 'The Wizard of Oz', to live-art experiments 'We Will Not Kiss Touch Frighten You in the Dark' and 'CALIGULA', to punk-cabaret musical 'Who Killed Amanda Palmer' and new works 'Loco Maricon Amor' and 'The Hamlet Apocalypse'.

A distinct highlight on the Melbourne arts calendar, The Hamlet Apocalypse is a dystopia of the now generation. A silent party, a desperate plea, a rambunctious prayer. A unique season, not to be missed.

Directed by Steven Mitchell Wright
Designed by Steven Mitchell Wright and Oscar Clark
Lighting Design by Ben Hughes
Sound Design and Composition by Dane Alexander
Performed by Chris Beckey, Katrina Cornwell, Nicole Harvey, Thomas Hutchins, Polly Sará, Peta Ward and Mitch Wood

★★★★★ - The Age
★★★★★ - ArtsHub
★★★★½ - Daily Review

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