Meher awachri: hamlet

STET presents in the 



Shakespeare: Hamlet
by Meher Awachri, Tunisia
theatre-dance performance

STET presents this unique performance as part of the commemorations of Shakespeare's death in 1616: Shakespeare 400, a mirror of the City of Peace and Justice.

Meher Awachri, who is at the moment based in Berlin, is a typical exponent of a new generation of Middle Eastern performers. He not only works in Tunisia but also reaches out to European and world audiences.

In a reaction to the Jasmine revolution (2010) Awachri and his fellow actors question in Hamlet  their roles in today's society in Tunis.


Friday22 April20.30

After- show drink is offered by the Tunisian Embassy


Nationale Toneel gebouw
Schouwburgstraat 8, 2511 VA Den Haag
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€ 22,50 Full Price
€ 10,00 Children and Young people under 18 
€ 10,00 Students/CJP
€ 21,50 Uitpas/under 26
Book your tickets here!  and enter the draw for two free return-tickets from Tunis Air!!


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Awachri (1984) graduated in 2011 at the Superior Institure of Dramatic Arts (Tunis) with the play D-Sisyphe. In 2012 D-Sisyphe won the first prize in one of the most famous and prestigious international monodrama festivals in Europe and worldwide " Thespis International Monodrama Festival"in Keil, Germany. It consequently toured in the Netherlands (Korzo 2013), Germany (Berlin), United Arab Emirates (Fujairah International Monodrama Festival), Japan, Frans. Luxembourg and Great Britain (London). 

Hamlet premiered on 17 September 2014 in El Teatro In Tunis and was performed in India, Sweden en recently in London. It is for the first time it can now be seen in the Netherlands. In November 2015 his last production Plastic opened the well-known festival Dancing on the Edge in the Brakke Grond Theater in Amsterdam. 
"There are many different forms of art; I value all forms. To me experimental theatre is not better than realistic theatre or contemporary dance; every form has its own magic. My goal is to find myself in different kinds of forms. Although the form may differ, the link between of all my projects will be my questions about life, about the society I live in, about the relationship between Tunisia and other Arab countries and about the relationship between the Arab region and the West.” 
Meher Awachri in All Arte Magazine (March 2014)

In an arts complex in one of the rough neighbourhoods of the Tunisian capital, four actors are rehearsing one of the classics of international drama, a masterpiece of human heritage, Hamlet by the genius William Shakespeare. But why? The work is underway but the actors, in their small and closed world, are struggling to perform the play. They try to grasp the classical Arabic in which the play is translated. Each of them wants to have a starring role. Their relationships are becoming intertwined and creating suspicion, as if their relationship with the play has become personal. Amidst all this, the actors are asking questions about Hamlet the play, and why they should work on it. What connection do they have with the issues raised by the play and with Hamlet himself? What pushes them to perform? Is there a need for their theatre?



We like to thank Tunis Air and the Tunisian Embassy for their support of Hamlet.
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Shakespeare 400 is supported by British Council , Gemeente Den Haag and VSB fonds
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