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Rebecca Lane

on 4 October 2013

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Transcript of Hamlet

Why we choose this play?
We thought that this play was important to perform because of the famous speech by Hamlet. We wanted to show this speech through acting and explain what it is about, therefore leading people to appreciate more of Shakespeare's work.
We like the theme of the story and how it is very entertaining but emotional towards the audience.
Basic Introduction to our speech:
King Claudius, Queen Gertrude, Rosencratz and Guildenstern have a discussion about Hamlets behavior
Lord Polonius and King Claudius decide to spy on the conversation between Ophelia and Hamlet to see whether this is the cause of his behavior. Instructions for Ophelia: Act natural.
Hamlet rages and screams at Ophelia during the speech and disrespects her.
He rejects her and criticizes her. After his speech he walks away, leaving Ophelia upset.
Ophelia talks to herself about his madness of the last scene.
Then Claudius and Polonius appear from behind the tapestry and they calm her down.
Claudius tries to convince Lord Polonius that Hamlet is not in love, but Polonius is still unsure.
They all leave the room, in curiosity of the cause to Hamlet's unusual behavior.
Thank You for Watching
• A ghost is roaming a castle in Denmark, which is previous King Hamlet
• Meanwhile King Claudius has taken his place and is married to Queen Gertrude.
• Hamlet speaks to the ghost who claims to be his dead father. He tells Hamlet Claudius murdered him.
• He orders Hamlet to have revenge on his brother.
• Hamlet wants to do it, but he is unsure. Then he starts to act strangely in response to this ghost.
• Claudius and Gertrude start to worry about Prince Hamlet. They ask Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to help spy on him.
• Polonius (the pompous Lord Chamberlain),has a different opinion. He thinks Hamlet is in love with his daughter, Ophelia.

• Now our scene begins…

What happens after our speech:
Hamlet kills Lord Polonius, mistaking him for Claudius. Claudius, now feeling unsafe from Hamlet, declares he is sent to England.
Ophelia in grief drowns herself and Laetrus angry from the death of his father returns to Denmark.
On the way to England Hamlet switches orders of his death and Rosencratz and Guildenstern are killed instead. Hamlet is sent back because of pirates that kidnapped him.
To eliminate Hamlet once and for all Claudius arranges a duel between Laertes and Hamlet.
The trick is that both the victory cup and Laetrus's sword are poisoned therefore Hamlet dies if he wins or loses.
Hamlet wins but declines the cup and makes Gertrude drink it instead. She screams and dies from the poison. Laertes slits Hamlet so he will die as well.
Hamlet uses all of his energy, stabs Claudius and begins his death speech.
Horatio (Hamlets friend) wants to die but Hamlet convinces him not to.
Hamlets last dying wish is for Foryinbras (King of Norway) to be King of Denmark.

Describing the Speech:
To be, or not to be--that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune Or to take arms against a sea of troubles And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep-- No more--and by a sleep to say we end The heartache, and the thousand natural shocks.
Why did you deliver these lines this way?
Whilst acting out the scenes, we wanted our voices and our acting to match with what was happening in the scene. EG: Hamlet's speech: emotional & intense.
What influenced your location?
We tried filming in various locations then we found a place to film. We wanted somewhere that wasn't open and had no background noise. We eventually found big room with a mirror to do Hamlet's scenes, and a curtain where Lord Polonius and King Claudius could hide. We only stuck to one room as none of our scenes are outside or in a different location.
What emotions did we try to convey?
Despair and confusion on what Hamlet should do.
Love and betrayal of the Queen.
Fear and bewilderment of whether or not he should listen to the ghost and who the ghost is.
Scared if he would make a mistake or not.

What challenges did we face?
We faced many minor issues during our filming but we only came across one major problem which was trying to read the script. Due to the rearranged wording and a few complicated words in the script, we stuttered a few times whilst reading it.
Why did you decide to do it this way?
We wanted to first look up where all of our scenes would take place and what kind of surroundings there would be. We thought that if our scene was set in only one room, then we would film our scenes in one room. We showed Hamlet’s emotions to connect with the audience so that they knew how he felt.
Maddy W, Rebecca, Abbie M and Nirali

Hamlet: Our Movie
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