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Not Hamlet: Meditation on the Frail Position of Women in Drama (Oberon Masters)by Janet Suzman
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"A thoughtful and considered kick up the arse to conspiracy theorists and to patriarchy" Michael Boyd, Artistic Director RSC
Cleopatra, La Pucelle, Ophelia, Shaws St. Joan and Ibsens Hedda a handful of seminal roles for women in the classical canon. Janet Suzman has played them all and directed some. Here she examines their complexity and explores why only Cleopatra has an independence that allows her to speak to modern women.
None of these, regrettably, matches up to a Hamlet, but as she is grateful for the parts he did write, Suzman feels a lightly-barbed attack on those who doubt Shakespeares authorship is way overdue. She also takes issue with received ideas on boy-actors playing mature women in Shakespeares company, and reflects on how female characters in classical drama have not been on a level with their male counterparts. Today, on TV, film and the stage, this remains the case. Not Hamlet but Hamlette, please.
Well known stage and screen actress and theatre critic Dame Janet Suzman conducts a fascinating re-appraisal of womens roles.
Acclaimed actress Dame Janet Suzman conducts a fascinating re-appraisal of women's roles. Suzman, who has played numerous iconic stage heroines herself, examines women's roles and their impact on present day audiences and society as a whole. Not Hamlet is the latest addition to the Oberon Masters series.
About the Author
Janet Suzman moved to London in 1959. As an actress she started her career in the UK with the RSC and also filmed for TV. She won The Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and had Academy Award and Golden Globe Nominations for Nicholas and Alexandra. She made her debut as a director with Othello which won an AA Vita Best Production Award. Janet is a Patron of The Market Theatre in her native Johannesburg. She has also written and directed her own versions, radically changed to contemporary South African settings, of Brechts Good Person of Setzuan. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to drama.
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