Hamlet out in the garden

23:50, Nov 27 2012
Jane Evans
PLAYTIME: Clare Wilson, right, watches Matthew Mount as Hamlet rehearsing a scene from To Breathe or Not to Breathe.

A 21-year-old Nelson woman with a small budget and a passion for theatre is inviting Nelsonians to check out some backyard Shakespeare.

Clare Wilson, who grew up in Nelson and completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in theatre and English literature last year, has pulled 10 young performers together for her latest theatre project.

To Breathe or Not to Breathe - An Exploration of Shakespeare's Hamlet will be performed in her parents' garden on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday next week.

It will feature two Nelson students heading to the Globe Theatre in London next year, Matthew Mount and Aimee Smith, and others from Nelson College, Nelson College for Girls and Waimea College.

Wilson took part in Will Power Productions' Summer Shakespeare for five years while she was at school, but it had wound up by the time she returned to Nelson after university.

The self-described "drama nerd" wanted to do something to fill the gap, and said Hamlet was an obvious choice.

"It [Hamlet] seems like the kind of thing that young people, especially teenagers, find relevant. We play around with it."