THOUGHT-PROVOKING: Elyse Knowles as Ophelia, Crystal Bock as Guildenstern and Amara Bartlett as Rosencrantz in rehearsal for Ophelia Thinks Harder.
THOUGHT-PROVOKING: Elyse Knowles as Ophelia, Crystal Bock as Guildenstern and Amara Bartlett as Rosencrantz in rehearsal for Ophelia Thinks Harder. Marnie Johnston

Shakespeare: Ophelia thinks harder about Hamlet

IT'S Shakespeare like you've never seen it before.

Next week the feminist rewrite of Hamlet, Ophelia Thinks Harder, will hit the stage of the Star Court Theatre, Lismore, featuring a group of local talent.

The play, written by Jean Betts and William Shakespeare, and directed by Sharon Brodie, is brought to you by the producers of the 2013 Vagina Monologues which wowed local audiences.

Ophelia Thinks Harder

WHEN: Friday, May 8, at 8pm

WHERE: Star Court Theatre, Star Court Arcade, Molesworth St

The feminist rework of the classic play explores what would have happened in Denmark if Ophelia, played by Elyse Knowles, had thought a bit more and realised she could live without Hamlet.

In an added twist, the cast is all-female - a spin on the historic use of only male actors back in Shakespeare's day.

Betts uses many Shakespearean quotes to feed and complicate the story - from Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and others - to provide a very different perspective and a surprising outcome.

While this play is billed as a comedy, it stands as a more serious piece of theatre interwoven with great comic and dramatic twists.

Director Ms Brodie said it was a thought-provoking play for both men and women.

She said it came at an interesting time when debates about the equality of and respect for women often seemed to disappear from sight - for example, all the women's domestic violence centres that were facing closure due to lack of funding.

In fact, this production is a fundraiser for Heartfelt House, a peer support group for adult survivors of sexual abuse.

Parents are warned that because the play contains language and adult themes, it's not suitable for children.

If there is enough interest, a second performance will be arranged.

Tickets are $27.20 from Star Court Theatre - 6622 5005 or http://www.starcourttheatre.com.au/box-office


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