The first International theatrical play opens in Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland.
It is Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays. William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor. The play will be performed by actors from UK-based Globe Theatre who are on a world tour.
Around 17 members of Globe Theatre have become the first to visit a Somali speaking city. But why Hargeisa, the capital of Somaliland which declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 and is yet to be internationally recognised? Dominic Dromgoole is the Director of the London based Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
“Because, we are taking a tour of Hamlet to every Country in the world and we already have travelled to 71 countries. And at the moment we are travelling to Africa and we had played in Many Countries, we’ve just been to Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti and now we are here in Hargeisa”. Domnic Dromgoole.
Hamlet is thought to be one the greatest plays of Shakespeare and is performed by a young man who is very troubled and has dreams of a different sort of future. So how is it relevant to an African audience? Here is Dominic Dromgoole again
“I think it is different in every country, but I think that Hamlet is somebody who is discontented in his own time and who is looking to the future. I think everywhere, whether we are in South America or Europe or Africa, (you know), there are people who are dreaming of a new future and I think that Hamlet speaks for them.” Dominic Dromgoole.
The play appears to be symbolic of the hopes and aspirations of Somaliland, which is still waiting, or dreaming even of recognition by the United Nations as a country in its own right. Perhaps that is why Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been warmly welcomed by Hargeisa residents. However, what is not yet known is if many of them would be able to comprehend the gist of the play which will all be performed in English.