Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Louise Harding
Tom Stoppard's Dogg's Hamlet, Cahoot's Macbeth, are two separately written plays that cannot be performed one without the other. Absurdist in style and often ridiculous in nature, Dogg's explores ideas of communication, derived from a psychological investigation, and Cahoot's bases itself in Czechoslovakian history and examines freedom of speech. Incorporated into both is Shakespeare, a master of language, and there are two plays within a play - a 15-Minute Hamlet and shorter Macbeth. At the core of plays filled with a roller coaster of gags and general Absurdist silliness lies an examination of not the human condition, but the human connection, and the consideration of communication whether it be understood or not.