Fringe Review: Sound and Fury’s Hamlet and Juliet

Sound and Fury's Hamlet and Juliet

This comedy mash-up between two of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies is the Bard as you have never seen him before.

Sound and Fury's Hamlet and Juliet
Presented by Sound and Fury
Reviewed 15 February 2014

They are Richard Martizer, Patrick Hercamp and Ryan Adam Wells, and together they are Sound and Fury (as they seem to quite like to remind you). This duo has performed at the Adelaide Fringe eight times and this year they are back again with Hamlet and Juliet, a mash up between two of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies.

Snobbish Shakespeare aficionados, please do not turn up your noses – for this show does not twist Shakespeare into something grotesque and farcical, but somehow makes it (can I say it?) a little bit better. This is the Bard as you have never seen him before, hilariously funny and so very relevant to modern life. Sound and Fury’s Hamlet and Juliet is much as I imagine the rowdy theatres of the sixteenth century, with men dressed as women, crude sexuality, and some wonderfully relevant period in-jokes. They make you laugh, because you understand their humour like you will never understand Shakespeare’s.

It’s silly, it’s funny, it’s clever. I warn you not to go in with serious expectations, because you will be sorely disappointed. The source material may be tragic, but this is most decidedly one of the funnier comedies you will experience at the Adelaide Fringe in 2014. Please don’t be that one audience member rolling his eyes at their antics while everyone else laughs hysterically; just remember, this isn’t serious theatre – it’s just some serious fun and I would recommend buying tickets to this or any one of their Fringe shows.

Reviewed by Emily Francine Palmer

Venue: The Bally, Gluttony, Rymill Park Adelaide.
Season: 15 February – 2 March 2014
Duration: 60 minutes
Tickets: $18.00 – $21.00
Bookings: Book through FringeTix online or phone 1300 621 255

Disclosure: Emily has been employed as a ticketing officer at the Garden of Unearthly Delights.

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