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Tragic Affect: Performance Workshop: Hamlet (Remember Me)

Hamlet & His Mother Delacroix 500 x 250

Eugène Delacroix (French, Charenton-Saint-Maurice 1798–1863 Paris),
Hamlet and His Mother. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Date: Rehearsals 23 - 26 September 2013
Time: 10am to 5pm daily
Showing: Friday 27 September, 2 - 3pm
Post-Workshop Long Table Discussion: 3 - 5pm
Venue: The Playroom, La Trobe University
Registration: Free but bookings essential. Contact r.conkie@latrobe.edu.au


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Shakespearean tragedies are highly affective early modern texts.
In this series of rehearsals, work-in-progress performances
and post-show discussions of Hamlet (c.1600) and Othello
(c.1604) between 23 September to 4 October 2013 the affective
dramaturgies of these plays will be explored from different angles.

ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (1100-1800),
in association with La Trobe University’s Centre for Creative
Arts, will present two workshop performances: the first act of
an Indigenous Hamlet and a full workshop production of the last
act of an “original practices” Othello. Participants will have the
opportunity to observe and contribute to the rehearsal processes of
each workshop and contribute to the post-showing discussions of
the performances.

Hamlet (Remember me): the Ghost of Hamlet’s father
famously demands of his son that he ‘Remember me’. these
are also the words at the centre of a mural by australian
Indigenous street artist, Reko Rennie. this workshop
production, which began as a critical essay by Rob Conkie
in australian Studies, will bring the two together, reading
Shakespeare’s Hamlet analogously against australian
aboriginal histories and presents.

The theatre rehearsals and workshops will be led by CHE
Associate Investigator Dr Rob Conkie, from La Trobe University,
and the subsequent Long Table discussions led by CHE Post-
Doctoral Fellow, Dr Penelope Woods, from UWA.