Hamlet’s Soliloquy

Date: 2006
Posted by: jrsherrard
Credits: Created by Jean Sherrard
Cast: 6th graders
Duration: 1.47

‘To be or not to be’ performed by ten American sixth-graders from Hillside Student Community, Bellevue WA (the Hillside Intermediate Players) on a playground. The opening lines are spoken in unison, then each line or part-line is spoken by a separate child in a separate shot, each one cleverly (but not too cleverly) composed. It’s surprisingly effective: engaging, dynamic, clearly spoken and with the right spirit of fun – and meaning. A small work of art, produced by the school’s Artist in Residence.

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See also the school’s similar rendition of ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ speech