Shakespeare's words in modern context.
It's dark. We hear singing. The words are those of Ophelia's 'Song of Willow' (Hamlet). The lights go up and we find ourselves in a mental institution. A woman sits humming to herself. A cheerful nurse enters the room and is greeted by the woman with words from another Shakespeare play. When the woman confuses the nurse for her late son's girlfriend, she is toppled into a string of memories, Shakespeare's words pushing her to find out how it could have gone so terribly wrong.
Starting out as a comedy, but ending in tragedy, Wherefore Art Thou combines physical theatre with live music and modern spoken word poetry to bring Shakespeare's words to life in the here and now.
A multi-layered performance about dementia, adolescence, devisions in society, and boundless love and loss, suitable for anyone, from 15-year-olds to seasoned Shakespeare experts.
"I fear I am not in my perfect mind. Methinks I should know you..."
"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players"
"My tongue must tell the anger of my heart, or else my heart concealing it will break"