The Rest is Silence / dreamthinkspeak / May 2012

Two years ago I met Tristan Sharps for the first time to discuss an adaptation of Chekov’s the Cherry Orchard that he was planning with his site-specific theatre company, dreamthinkspeak. Much of the meeting was shrouded in secrecy and I had to swear not to repeat anything outside of the room we were in. Tristan described to me how he was planning on taking over the former Co-Op department store in Brighton (formally the largest department store in the city) and turn it into an amazing set over four floors. I thought it was incredibly ambitious, but the conviction with which Tristan spoke about it left me in no doubt he’d pull it off.

The production, “Before I Sleep”, was a huge success, critically acclaimed, the run was extended twice and still sold out and was the hit of Brighton Festival that year. I documented the project from start to finish.

Earlier this year I met with Tristan again so he could take me through his plans for an adaptation of Hamlet, “The Rest is Silence”. I can’t go into it too much as the show is still on, but I’ve seen it and it was an incredible immersive experience with some great performances from the cast. Once again, Tristan and dreamthinkspeak have pulled it off. You can read some glowing reviews on The Guardian, The Independant, The Telegraph and The Financial Times.

I documented the production, from rehearsals and the construction of the incredible set, to the performance itself and nowm since these images have been used a fair bit in the national press, I think it’s safe to show them! Click "Read More" for the full selection...

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