Tragedy offers an interactive theatrical game

Blind Hamlet
Blind Hamlet

Following Actors Touring Company’s highly-acclaimed Fringe First Award-winning production of The Events by David Greig, the company returns to Brighton Dome with the world premiere of Nassim Soleimanpour’s Blind Hamlet (Saturday, September 13, 7.30pm).

Directed by ATC’s artistic director Ramin Gray, this is a brand-new commission from Soleimanpour, Iran’s leading playwright and writer of worldwide hit White Rabbit Red Rabbit.

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “Blind Hamlet plays on the themes of Shakespeare’s tragedy, creating an interactive theatrical game. A writer reading Hamlet for the first time is gradually losing his eyesight. As he realises he will never finish the play that he slept through when young, he calls on the audience and through the construction of various interactive situations, they act as his interpreter and cipher as he struggles with issues of truth and appearance, duplicity, death, acceptance and denial.

“The themes and jeopardies of Shakespeare’s drama are played out by the audiences themselves, each night creating their own riff on the questions within the play and the arguments posed by it. Hamlet opens with the question: ‘Who’s there?’. Nassim Soleimanpour’s new play pushes that question to its logical extreme, turning the focus onto the auditorium, seeking the answer in us.

“An innovative piece of interactive theatre, Blind Hamlet gives the audiences at its heart a chance to shape the course of each performance. This new play from the UK’s pre-eminent international touring theatre company was written by the formally-inventive Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour who is best known for his work White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. “White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been presented across the world in 15 languages with Juliet Stevenson, Tamsin Greig, Stephen Rea, Sarah Millican, Stella Duffy, Arthur Darvil and Ken Loach among those who have taken part in it.”

Chris added: “Actors Touring Company presents the best international contemporary theatre, using the theatre to tell stories from different perspectives from around the world. The company collaborates with a broad range of UK and international theatre makers, commissioning writers, sourcing the best international scripts and translating them into English for the first time, and reaching audiences through their extensive UK and international touring programme.”