Did they even have videogames in Shakespeare’s time?! Watch our video interview with Edward/Edalia Day answering big questions about life and art (seriously… but in a fun way), as we count down to the Camden Fringe opening of Super Hamlet 64. This one-person, comedy spoken word show about videogames and death… and Shakespeare is at the Cockpit Theatre on 17 and 18 August 2018. Time to get booking!
What if you woke up and realised that your life was actually a computer game? Your Dad just died, your Uncle’s married your Mum and is hell-bent on world domination, while the person you have a crush on turns out to be a samurai sword-wielding superhero. Oh, and your Dad’s a singing ghost.
Three years ago, poetry slam winner and trans non-binary theatremaker Edward/Edalia Day set about rewriting Hamlet using only videogame quotes. 400 hours of playing later, they’ve come up with the wildest Shakespeare experience you’re ever likely to see.
Super Hamlet 64 was nominated for best new writing, best production and best actor at the Buxton Fringe, and was picked as one of the top two spoken word recommendations at this year’s Camden Fringe by London Calling.
Talking to… Ed Day
Edward/Edalia Day is a transgender/non-binary spoken word artist, animator and theatre-maker based in Norwich. They trained in classical acting at the Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) in London and in mime and physical theatre at the revered Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. In their 13 years of freelance acting, they’ve performed in a wealth of Shakespeare productions with notable roles including Bottom, Malvolio, Hamlet, Prospero and King Lear.
Here Ed talks about their inspiration, tearing down misconceptions about trans people and, of course, videogames.
- Who are you and what are you doing here?
- Did they even have videogames in Shakespeare’s time?
- What have been your biggest challenges and rewards as a trans artist?
- What’s your next show Too Pretty to Punch about?
- What’s your favourite videogame?