Members of the Globe Theatre Production performing Hamlet show at USP’s Japan Pacific ICT Theatre.
The University of the South Pacific (USP) became the 100th host of the Globe Theatre production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at its Laucala Campus.
The group, which had completed its first year of shows around the globe, performed for the Fiji audience at USP’s Japan Pacific ICT Centre on 8 June 2015.
More than 400 people attended the event including University academics, secondary school teachers and students and other members of the public.
Event coordinator, Dr Mohit Prasad said it was a good opportunity for performance and theatre groups in USP to engage with their models and learn from their successes and innovations.
“The tour and troupe is aligned with USP’s Strategic Plan (2013-2018) on internationalisation, research, community engagement and promoting Pacific values through performance,” Dr Prasad said.
He added it had been a unique and once in a lifetime opportunity to see a production of Shakespeare’s Hamlet by of one of the oldest and most well-known theatre companies in the world.
An actress, Ms Phoebe Fildes who plays the roles of Ophelia, Gertrude and Horatio in the play acknowledged USP for hosting the group to showcase their production in Fiji.
“Thank you very much to the University for hosting us and for all the support in getting us here and I hope the students and academics enjoyed our show,” she said.
“We loved performing for the students who are learning and who will really see the play which will sink into their brains, and that is very exciting,” she said.
More than 400 people attended the Hamlet show.
“We try very much to tell the story as a story of family, love, revenge and politics,” she added.
Ms Fildes said their main aim was to tell the story that Shakespeare wrote.
“There are many messages to interpret from the play, but our task is to keep the story as clear and simple as we can,” she stated.
According to Ms Fildes, the important task was to take the Hamlet production to every country in the world.
“By the time we finish, these words that Shakespeare wrote will be heard by people in every corner of the planet and I think that is something very binding,” she said.
A member of the audience, Mrs Elisha Bano said the most interesting part about the show was the minimum use of props.
“I liked the idea of the use of minimal props and one person playing more than one character,” she said.
Mrs Bano, a former USP Theatre Arts student, added that this avoided congestion on stage and it was easier to follow the scenes.
She commended the work of the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education (FALE) for organising the show.
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