In Hamnet, a tour-de-force performance from a young actor confronts what it means—and what it costs—to be great, and how living in the shadow of that greatness can keep one in the dark. During the course of the play, a singular young performer is in complete command of the audience eliciting laughter one moment and deep reflection in the next. The title role was originated by the talented Ollie West and who will soon pass the torch to the wonderful Aran Murphy, a Dublin native who is just ten and a half years old! Both actors will perform the show here in Boston making it one of the most unique and special runs of this production yet.
Ollie West – Bio
Ollie first worked with Dead Centre on the development of Chekhov’s First Play when he was eleven. When Bush decided not to cast a child for the full production, he made a promise that they would work together some day. The following year he wrote Hamnet for Ollie. They premiered at the Find Festival at the Schaubühne in Berlin and toured to Noorderzon Festival, Holland, Tramway in Glasgow, Dublin Theatre Festival and Southbank Centre in London. He was nominated for Best Actor in the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2018.
Aran Murphy – Bio
This is Aran Murphy’s first professional play. He loves acting and football, he supports Liverpool.