Whilst we’re (loosely) on the topic of Shakespeare, Not/Applicable & Heart Productions’ Time Out Of Joint looks an interesting one.
A play set whilst Shakespeare is penning Hamlet, it aims to explore his inner mind and outer turmoil, focusing not only on his motivation and inspiration for the themes underlying the Prince of Denmark’s struggle, but also the external influences of his twin muses and lovers. The Dark Lady from his sonnets, a mysterious svengali’s machinations and Ophelia herself weave an intricate tapestry around Shakespeare as he puts quill to parchment and unfolds one of the world’s greatest dramas.
Equally, the team behind Time Out Critics Choice award-winner Shooting Clouds – writer Frank Bramwell and director Arnaud Mugglestone – toy with the notions of what is real and what is imagined in a play that looks set to collide in an exploration of love, drama and intrigue.
Time Out Of Joint is also central to an interesting promotional initiative running at this year’s Fringe. Shakespeare At The Fringe aims to collate and publicise all 39 shows this year which feature The Bard in one shape or form, and are arranging several events as a result (the Where’s Willy? competition sounds particularly interesting…) Check out the site for more details and updated news.
Time Out Of Joint runs from 5th to 31st August at C Soco. Prices various from £8.50.