Brisbane Festival and Queensland Performing Arts Centre presents


08 - 12 Sep
QPAC - Cremorne Theatre
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Dead Centre (IRE)
Australian Premiere Exclusive to Brisbane

William Shakespeare had one son. He named him Hamnet. Shakespeare then left home to pursue his career in the theatre, effectively abandoning his family. In 1596, he was told that the boy – who was then eleven years old – was seriously ill. By the time Shakespeare returned home, Hamnet had died. In 1599, Shakespeare wrote a play called Hamlet.

Hamnet is too young to understand Shakespeare. And he is one letter away from being a great man. We are too old to understand Hamnet. We meet in the middle, in a theatre.

From the makers of the multi award-winning productions LIPPY and Chekhov’s First Play (both seen at Brisbane Festival in 2016), Hamnet is a solo work for an 11-year-old boy. Using live video and dead video, Dead Centre attempts to bridge the gap between two generations.


This performance contains nudity and coarse language. Suitable for audiences 12+ years.
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Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Tue 11 Sept

AUSLAN interpreted performance - Tue 11 Sept

Duration : 60 minutes

$42 - $48 + booking fee

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QPAC - Cremorne Theatre

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
QLD 4101

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available
Getting There

Catch an Uber to your event! First-time riders can use code BRISFEST18 for up to $20 off their trip.

Parking: Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands
Bus: Cultural Centre busway station
Train: South Brisbane train station
Ferry: South Bank ferry terminal
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