After learning the terrible secret contained in the Ghost’s utterances and with exhortations to revenge seared into his memory Hamlet struggles with his own overwhelming inaction. Whether Hamlet is mad or not is irrelevant, but his despair is genuine and believable. Hamlet constantly questions life itself and its relevance.
It is this behaviour, with its seesawing emotions and changes of heart that dominate this series of scenes and vignettes that comprise this new look at Hamlet. Hamlet questions everyone that he encounters like an interrogator, those he does not question he accuses, those he does not accuse he welcomes, full of contradictions.
Hamlet is placed at the centre of the maelstrom and Ophelia, Gertrude, Claudius and all the other players circle around him. As Hamlet floats on the waves they swim within them. Hamlet is elevated from the other players and deals with the world from his aerie, disconnected and disaffected. The song ‘Paranoid’ outlines Hamlet’s interior state and all the music, chosen from the late 60’s provides a sound bridge into the psyche of the historical Prince who could not make up his mind.