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Drama for Reps

TOM Stoppard’s award-winning drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be staged in Harare this month, produced on the Reps Theatre main stage by the Repteens group.

The play features two of the characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and is described as being “a fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet as told from the worm’s-eye view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern … a Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy.” With roles reversed, these two characters are the leads, while other Hamlet characters take minor roles.

Directed by Kevin Hanssen, it features a young cast and is an opportunity for Repteens to put into action the theory of acting and other aspects of stagecraft and stage work they have learned in their weekly training sessions. Repteens is a group run by The Repertory Players for young people between 13 and 19 years old.

Said Hanssen: “The play is full of fast-moving, witty dialogue and humour, as the two unlikely stars discuss many issues of life, unaware of their impending doom.”

In support of the director and cast are producers Kyla Render and Chipo Chikara, with design done by Michelle Mesley and Richard King and facilitated by the Repteens themselves. Also supporting the production are the British Council and Celsys.

The play, written by one of Britain’s foremost modern playwrights, made its debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1966 and has been a success ever since. Its Broadway staging was a Tony Award winner and was play of the year for 1990. It started running on Tuesday, with evening performances at 7pm and an additional matinee performance tomorrow at 2.30pm. — Own Correspondent.

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