DREAMCAST Theater Solomon Islands to stage one of their greatest plays to date; The chief’s son.
Based on William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Hamlet, The Chief’s Son is crafted to give local audiences a near-classic feel – re-scripted with a Pacific tone.
The show is scheduled to be presented in the Auditorium of the National Museum on five occasions from June 11 to 15.
Dreamcast Theater in a statement released today while promoting the show said The Chief’s Son is the product of three months of intense preparations and a milestone for the young theater company.
The Chief’s Son involves a mix of original script settings and English-speaking characters while adapting local concepts familiar to residents of the Solomon Islands.
Dreamcast Creative Director Neil Nuia said local audiences and Shakespeare fans will love this take on Hamlet that retains character complexity and relives melancholy, bitter and cynical storylines.
“But I think the big picture here is how The Chief’s Son will contribute to our development as a theater company in the region, the young actors and artists involved and of course the influence that could have on the reach. broader arts industry in the country, ”says Neil.
He says their biggest support right now is pure passion.
“So far, we don’t have any major backers outside of Dreamcast to push us financially on this project, but it’s not something we’re not used to. We will use whatever means we have because most of the time we do it on purpose.
“This is why I have so much respect for all of my young colleagues involved. They sacrificed a lot to get us here.
Neil urged audiences to show their support for the young actors and artists involved in The Chief’s Son, who had endured grueling daily rehearsals for the past three months.
Tickets currently sell for $ 50 for adults, $ 30 for children, and free admission for children under nine.
The Chief’s Son is written and directed by Rosalind Lawry, a New Zealand director with extensive experience in the professional creative and performing arts.
Rosalind is in the countryside to accompany her husband, but had volunteered to work with Dreamcast Theater.
“Dreamcast actors share these things with everyone else in the world and putting them into practice is the same as well. Rehearsals after rehearsals, getting it right, getting it wrong and more reps, ”says Rosalind.
“The actors of The Chief’s Son claimed this story, walking their journey with all the passion and pleasure that a tale inspired by a Shakespearean character deserves.”
Chief’s Son lead actor Quinzy Kwahn, who plays Malo – Hamlet’s equivalent – says the cast are really happy to be working with Rosalind and took the opportunity to learn as much as they can. can.
While that does come with challenges, the 27-year-old admits.
“Most of our shows are usually done in our native pidgin, but with The Chief’s Son it’s a script entirely in English. Actors will have to go that extra mile to speak a language outside of our comfort zone.
“I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, it’s actually a good thing for us. It’s a great challenge that will help us grow.
To book tickets, visit the Dreamcast Theater Solomon Islands Facebook page or call Robert on 7585911.