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Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine 

[site-specific] Garage (Ugly Duck - Tanner St Warehouse), July 2016

Collide is thrilled to present its production of Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine; a collage of fragments, an orgy of deconstruction. We invite you to walk through the pieces of a broken civilisation and experience a grotesque wasteland full of beauty and cruelty. The human body stands at its centre – fragile and yet capable of extreme destruction and pain.


We live in a time when Europe is facing all sorts of crises – economic, political, social, humanitarian ones – governments are busy burying these problems rather than facing them with actual solutions, and young people do not know which way to go. For Müller’s Hamlet to be a machine is to be free of cultural and personal memory, to feel no pain, to have no thoughts. With a disturbing energy Müller writes of the “ruins of Europe,” for a revolution that both reduces and elevates humans to machines. Hamletmachine is a harrowing portrait of the aftermath of a war, of life under crisis.


This provocative site-specific production invites you to enter a diseased crumbling world, and to experience the struggle for a new unspoiled one. Hamletmachine is a site-specific promenade performance in an unused warehouse on Tanner Street (Tower Bridge, London) as part of Ugly Duck’s latest creative season - Tanner Street Takeover for emerging companies. 

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"Müller wrote Hamletmachine having Germany in his mind, but for us this play becomes today a metaphor for the whole western world."

Read Emily's interview about Hamletmachine here.

Read more about Tanner Street Takeover here

Read Emily's overview for PlaysToSee here

What The Critics Said:

"Moments of gorgeous clarity throughout the performance"

A Younger Theatre


"A really gripping production...Director Emily Louizou both asks for and gets a huge amount from her cast."

"A fascinating performance of an adaptation of an amazing play."




Director: Emily Louizou
Designers: Alegia Papageorgiou & Greta Landers
Music Composer: David Denyer
Producer: Rachel Horowitz

Choreography: Ioli Filippakopoulou
Movement: Hanna Junti 
Marketing: Ines Aparicio
Lighting Design: Daniel English
Video & Photography: Florence Knoyle

Stage Manager: Lucy Hickins 
Translator: Marc von Henning

Ensemble: Ava Pickett, Alexandra Sinclair, Susan Hoffman,

Jordan Matthews, Jamie Spindlove, Oliver West, Maximilian Davey, Chris Szuca

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