Via Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: Colin Murphy on Hamlet and where theatres go now...
'I have of late lost all my mirth, says Hamlet. The earth around him seems "sterile". Even the air seems "foul and pestilent".
It takes the arrival of the Players to shake Hamlet from his melancholy. And that is precisely what we should have been doing this month with our own merry band of players.
I've adapted Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, for a theatre company from Derry, Stage Beyond; we should be on the road with it now. The company consists of actors with what are called intellectual disabilities, but who, I have quickly learned, have an unusual ability for the stage: they treat the text as absolutely fresh; they "overstep not the modesty of nature"'
Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings at 9.10 am, - listen back here.