Who’s There? Hamlet: A Memory Play
“…So shall you hear of
Carnal, bloody, and unnatural acts,
Of accidental judgements, casual slaughters,
Of deaths put on by cunning and forced cause…”
With the dead Hamlet lying on the floor beside him, Horatio turns to the audience and begins to tell his story. How does he begin and what can he remember? Horatio takes each character’s relationship with Hamlet by turn to recount the journey of this young man’s grief, desire, revenge, and how this final picture of blood and destruction came to be. This work-in-progress showing, presented by BardCity, will be followed by a Q&A with actor Ben Schnetzer and director Owen Horsley.
About this project
Owen Horsley and Ben Schnetzer first worked together in London at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Since then Ben has worked extensively in film with credits including Pride, Goat, Warcraft and Xavier Nolan’s upcoming film The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. Owen has worked as a director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. His credits with the company include Salome, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Henry V. He now lives in New York.
The project started with a mutual desire to work together on Shakespeare and has turned into a full investigation of a play that has intrigued and inspired theater-makers and audiences for centuries. Owen and Ben have approached the play in the great American theatrical tradition of a Memory Play. Told through a non-linear structure as to mirror the experience of human memory, this well-known story will be seen in an entirely new light.
Sunday, Feb 25, 8pm
Run time: 75 minutes
General admission is free, but rsvp required.
Owen Horsley trained at Drama Centre London. Directing credits include Salomé by Oscar Wilde (RSC), The Famous Victories of Henry V (RSC), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Garsington Opera), and Henry V (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Centre).
Owen was Associate Director on the RSC King and Country Tour and worked with Artistic Director Gregory Doran on Richard II and Henry IV Part 1 and 2 and Henry V from 2013-16.
Owen is also an Associate Director for Cheek by Jowl. He was Assistant Director to Declan Donnellan on The Changeling (2006), Cymbeline (2007), Troilus and Cressida (2008), Macbeth (2009-11) and ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore (2011-13) becoming Associate Director in 2010. Owen co-directed the 2013 tour of ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore.
Other directing credits include The Two Noble Kinsmen (RWCMD), Outside on the Street (Edinburgh Fringe and Arcola), Antony and Cleopatra, Lysistrata, As You Like It (Guildhall School of Music and Drama), and Hungry Heart (RADA).
In 2008 Owen formed Eyestrings Theatre Company with his production of Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II at St Andrew’s Crypt in Holborn. Further work with Eyestrings include In Bed With Messalina (Courtyard Theatre), See What I See (St Clements Mental Hospital), and The Duchess of Malfi (Southwark Playhouse and UK Tour).
Owen also works extensively in Europe. He has led workshops in Spain, Italy, Luxembourg and France. Owen’s first Spanish production, The Malcontent, opened at the Almagro Festival in August 2011 before transferring to Madrid.