A Window In Mime

0 Comments 10 October 2011

One…two…three…ghost…scull…sword…the end.

Blink and you will miss this different and yet simple adaptation of the well-known Elizabethan tragedy. From the collective minds of local young doctors, directed by Dr Clare Hampson, A Window In Mime is born.

Sitting behind the enormous glass windows of the rooftop bar at the Corner Hotel is the ideal setting for this distinctive and funny show in which performance art meets public transport. The bar is clouded in thrilling anticipation. Each train that passes in meticulously scrutinized by the crowd, uncertain of what to expect.

At 8:40pm the atmosphere is transformed into something from an early silent film as a lone mime takes the small stage holding large title cards. Music commences and the cards present Hamlet in summary. From the beginning, the music is essential, contributing to the atmosphere and giving the audience vital emotional cues. Hilarity ensues at once and grows in volume as the train begins its brief journey past the window. A cast of 42 Marcel Marceau lookalikes occupy each window of the Glen Waverly, creating a flipbook of images in the 18 seconds it takes for the train to pass. Each mime assumes a silent, still pose choreographed to match those on either side. White cardboard illustrations, held by each mime, puts into picture Hamlet’s tragedy. This and their red hats are all that is really visible in the short time that we have to observe them.

A Window In Mime gets us on side with humour, but is not necessarily a relaxed show to watch. However, in reality all you need to see is that they are mimes and they are doing ‘something’. Highly recommended and very Melbourne, this production will have you lost for words.

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