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Ophelia Thinks Harder

Ophelia Thinks Harder

By Jean Betts and Wm Shakespeare
Directed by Ivana Palezevic

By Arrangement with Playmarket

Performances: 28 October – 7 November 2020

Are you a Shakespeare buff who loves Hamlet?  Or are you new to Shakespeare and want an accessible way in?  Do you just want to be part of a quirky play full of larger than life characters and outrageous moments of comedy?  Maybe you want a chance to challenge some gender politics?

If you said ‘yea’ to any of these, read on.


Ophelia Thinks Harder is a classic New Zealand text and is frequently performed and studied around the country and overseas.  Its messages and questions about the expectations of women still remain to this day and feels timely for the 2020 season.  The play offers a wonderful and strong set of roles for both women and men.  There will also be major doubling in this show, so there are no small parts!


The once ignored and voiceless ornament for Hamlet, now encounters ignored ghosts, quirky actors, witches wanting the vote, Joan of Arc, a long-suffering maid and a bunch of other well- known characters, who make Ophelia think harder.

Come on a roller coaster ride of a different kind.  You think you know Hamlet, but this ain’t about him.  This time, Ophelia gets the best lines and no one is going to stand in her way.  Not even that stupid Virgin Mary up there.  Yeah, you!

Ophelia Thinks Harder takes our iconic play and puts on a funny, naughty, yet insightful reimagining to shine some light on the women who stand in the background.


Ophelia - Aimée Sullivan 

Maid - Charlie Potter

Hamlet - Isham Redford

Horatio - Allyn Robins

Queen - Lydia Harris  

Rosencrantz - Annica Lewis

Guildenstern - Margot van de Water

Polonius - Allan Burne

Laertes - Stanford Reynolds

Player 4 - Haydn Carter


Director - Ivana Palezevic

Production Manager - Andrea Wiechern

Stage Manager - Rob Scott

Intimacy/fight director - Carrie Thiel

Set design - Amy Whiterod

Wardrobe - Crystal Pulkowski

Wardrobe assistant - Alex McLeod

Lighting design - Darryn Woods

Sound design - Evangelina Telfar

Lighting operator - Darryn Woods

Sound operator - Andrew Cross

Prompt - Sue Haddock and Petra Donnison

Set build - Sam Perry

Publicity - Gillian Boyes

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