Greater Manchester FringePreview

MANC MINI: Truly Outrageous Productions – Hamlet

Our Manc Mini series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at the North West’s largest arts festival. Anne Davies of Truly Outrageous Productions, tells us about their showHamlet, which they will be performing at Joshua Brooks.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Denmark’s a prison – can Hamlet ‘Shawshank’ his way out?

Is this your first visit to the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

While this is the first time that Truly Outrageous have staged productions in the GM Fringe, most of the cast and crew are ‘old hands’ at the festival. We’re expecting an enthusiastic audience and a packed programme of events while the Festival runs.

How has the show developed on the way to the Greater Manchester Fringe?

This production of Hamlet was first staged in April, at Manchester Central Library, in collaboration with the Manchester Indie Filmmakers Group. Since then we’ve adapted the script, moving quite a lot of scenes around. We’ve also adapted it to the performance space at Joshua Brooks, which is very different to the Library’s space. We’ve tightened the focus and really made Hamlet’s descent into despair more anguished.

How have you been preparing for the Greater Manchester Fringe?

Our cast hasbeen very enthusiastically spreading the word on Social Media, we’ve been to the Festival Press Day and the Brochure Launch. And our Hamlet has been seen practicing his soliloquies while hovering!

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

It’s Hamlet in 90 minutes. In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. And we only have nine actors for all the roles.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Festival (apart from your own!)?

Autopsy from Magpie Man Theatre. This is the second in a proposed five-year cycle of pieces from the genius of Christopher Bowles. Mouth last year quite rightly won the New Writing Award at the GM Fringe, and we can’t wait to see what he does this year. And some of our cast are in it!

If your show was a biscuit what type of biscuit would it be and why?

A Chocolate Bourbon – dark but tasty and beloved by all!

Dates and times: Friday 29and Saturday 30July at 7.30pm

Ticket prices: £8 (£6 concessions)

Venue: Joshua Brooks, 106 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 6NG

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Company Twitter: @TOProdsUK


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