Saturday, 15 September 2012

Hamlet (as told in FaceBook status updates)

00:00:00 Posted by Ashley Lister , , 4 comments

 by Ashley Lister

 This has nothing to do with this week's theme but I can't add anything to the genius posts that have already been put on here this week on the theme of sequential art. 

The piece below was performed last night (Friday September 14) by a stellar cast at the No. 5 Cafe in Blackpool. The performance was made outstanding by superb acting from  Michelle (Hamlet), Standard (Horatio) Colin, (Polonius and Claudius), Louise (Ophelia and Gertrude) and Shaun (Bernardo, Laertes and Fortinbras).

As the title to this says: it's Hamlet told in FaceBook status updates.

Act I Scene I
Bernardo – location tagged ELSINORE
OMG. Look at that ghost.

Horatio.
STFU. FAKE. Photos or it didn’t happen. There’s no ghost. LOL.

Bernardo
There it is.

Horatio.
OMG. It looks like Hamlet’s dead dad. We should totally tell Hamlet. LOL
Hamlet was tagged in this post.

Bernardo.
Totally. Oh. It’s gone.

Act I Scene II
Hamlet (via Twitter)
King Claudius’s speeches are so f***ing dull. Boring mofo.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
mofo. LOL
HORATIO LIKES THIS

Hamlet (via Twitter)
My mum is such a S.L.U.T.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
She’s had more men under her than Fortinbras.
HORATIO LIKES THIS.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Laertes is leaving Denmark. Awesomesauce. Maybe I’ll get a chance to pork his sister.
OPHELIA LIKES THIS.

Act I Scene III
Laertes posted on Ophelia’s timeline:
Watch out for that nonce Hamlet. He’s trying to pork you.

Ophelia has commented:
Coolio

Laertes:
It’s not coolio you dirty bitch.

Polonius:
No. It’s not coolio, you dirty bitch. Neither a borrower nor a slapper be.

Ophelia:
Father? What are you doing on my FaceBook? I thought I’d blocked you. And you’re an old person. You should be on MySpace. I swear your nosiness is going to drive me insane.


Act I Scene IV
HORATIO – POSTED FROM SOMEWHERE IN ELSINORE
OMG. Hamlet’s gone totally Ghostbusters chasing around the castle after Casper-the-ghost-dad. Ah, Hamlet. DTF.

Act I, Scene V
Hamlet (via Twitter)
OMG. Spooky ghost stuff. It was like an episode of Scooby Doo starring my dead dad. Or like an episode of Most Haunted with real ghosts.
HORATIO LIKES THIS.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Ghost dad sez Creepy Uncle Claudius killed him.
HORATIO LIKES THIS.

Hamlet commented on his own status:
Dude, you’re not supposed to like a status about my dad being killed.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Ghost dad wants me to avenge him.
HORATIO LIKES THIS.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Killing seems a bit extreme. But Ghost Dad sez I shouldn’t bother the authorities with this. Ghost Dad sez the Gods want me to do this. Sounds legit.

Act II, Scene I
Ophelia changed her relationship status to single.
Hamlet posted to Ophelia’s timeline
WTF? Are you dumping me, bitch?

Ophelia
You’re acting like a dick, Hamlet. Of course I’m dumping you.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
You’re the one with the ‘daddy’s girl’ issues.

Ophelia
Harsh words from ‘mummy’s boy’.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Why don’t you go and jump in a lake?
HORATIO LIKES THIS

Act II Scene II
Rosencrantz has sent a friend request to Hamlet. This friendship was suggested by Claudius.
Guildenstern has sent a friend request to Hamlet. This friendship was suggested by Claudius.

Polonius has asked Hamlet a question through Goodreads
Polonius asks: “What are you reading?”
Hamlet replies: “Words, words and words. And MYOB. Sod off back to MySpace.

Polonius has invited Hamlet to Elsinore Netflix
Polonius asks: “Do you want to see some players act a play?”
Hamlet replies: “The play’s the thing. Wherein we’ll catch the conscience of my creepy uncle.”

Act III Scene I
Hamlet (via Twitter)
To be connected to Samaritans online, or not to be connected to them. A pox on talktalk Broadband. A pox on this muggle-fudging BlackBerry.

Ophelia commented on Hamlet’s status.
FFS. All these actors in Elsinore, and you’re still the biggest drama queen in Denmark.
GERTRUDE LIKES THIS

Hamlet
Bitches. I’ve had it with women. You can all go and do one. I’m going to start going with men now. See how you like it if I do go gay.
HORATIO LIKES THIS

Act III Scene II
Claudius: (via iPhone)
What a crap play. I’ve seen better acting in Hollyoaks.

Hamlet
Did it make you feel guilty?

Claudius (via iPhone)
I felt bad that I’d wasted time and money on that when I could have been watching paint dry.
I’d have been better off spending time alongside an old man like Polonius, watching his daughter and my step-son trying to have sex. But not in a sinister way.
OOPS. How the hell do you delete updates from an iPhone?
Perhaps I should cleanse my soul with prayer.

Act III Scene III
Hamlet (via Twitter)
Just seen Claudius praying. I should have killed him whilst I had the chance.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
I think I’ll go and see the S.L.U.T.

Act III Scene IV
Hamlet (via Twitter)
Can’t believe my mother is such a slapper. She’s had more men go through her than the castle gates.

Gertrude
I can see your status updates. I’ll cancel your mobile account if you keep saying rude things.

Hamlet (via Twitter)
Well it’s true. You shagged my dad. Then his brother. And now there’s a dead Polonius tucked behind your arras. Did you shag him to death?

Polonius has cancelled his FB account.
Gertrude
No. I didn’t shag him to death. You just stabbed him.
Hamlet
FAKE. Photos or it didn’t happen. In fact screw this. I’m going to England with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. 
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern were tagged in this post.
ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN LIKE THIS

Act IV Scene I
Hamlet (via Ye Olde Internet Café)
No broadband coverage in England. Duh. It’s so medieval in this godforsaken country. I’m having to update using dial-up. Will tell you all about the pirate adventures and high sea japes as soon as I return.

Horatio
FAKE. Pics or it didn’t happen. PMSL. Miss you, hon.

Act IV Scene II
Ophelia
God buy you.

Laertes
That’s autocorrect. Or she’s gone mental. Or her keyboard is f****d.

Claudius. (via iPhone)
I think she might be on the blob.

Laertes
Harsh, dude. She’s my sister.

Ophelia has cancelled her FaceBook account

Claudius(via iPhone)
It’s not harsh. Do you know how costly it is to dredge the local rivers when they’re clogged with drowned mental woman?

Act IV
Hamlet set up the following event: HAMLET’S RETURN  TO ELSINORE. DATE – tomorrow
The following people have accepted.
HAMLET (host)
Claudius
Gertrude
Laertes
Horatio
Fortinbras: message from Fortinbras – might be a little late.

The following invitees have not responded:
Ophelia
Polonius
Rosencrantz
Guildenstern

Act V
Horatio
ROFLCOPTER. Spent the morning in the graveyard with Hamlet. We just dug up some skulls and talked about kissing their lips but there was nothing kinky going on.
HAMLET LIKES THIS
Act V Scene I
Horatio
OMG. WTF. It’s kicking off at this party. Laertes and Hamlet are going to duel with real swords. Hamlet FTW. I hope he doesn’t get a prick in him. Well, not from Laertes.

Laertes
I’m going to stick it to you, dude.
Hamlet was tagged in this post.

Hamlet
Just like you stuck it to your sister?
HORATIO LIKES THIS

Claudius (via iPhone)
I wish Polonius was here to tell me how much poison to use. I’ve put poison on one of the swords. Poison in a drinking glass. And I’ve poisoned three out of four plates of the hors d’ouevres. Hopefully this will be enough to kill that annoying shit Hamlet.
OOPS. Didn’t mean to post that as a FB status. How do you delete from a mobile?

Gertrude
These hors d’ouevres taste f*****g awful. I’m going to try another plate.

Laertes
Ouch! That bastard stabbed me with a poisoned sword. Claudius – where’s the antidote?
CLAUDIUS WAS TAGGED IN THIS POST.

Claudius (via iPhone)
Antidote?

LAERTES has cancelled his FB account.

Hamlet
How am I supposed to concentrate on this sword fight when my opponent is dead and my S.L.U.T. mother is rolling around on the floor pretending she’s been poisoned?

Gertrude has now cancelled her FB account.
Claudius has now cancelled his FB account.
Hamlet has now cancelled his FB account.

Horatio
WTF? It’s like the end of a slasher movie in here. There’s dead Hamlet, dead Leartes, dead Gertrude and dead Claudius. I wonder if I could give Hamlet the kiss of life? I’ll just unbutton his trousers and see if that helps.

Fortinbras.
WTF! What are you doing to that dead body, Horatio?

Horatio
I’m not doing anything. I’m just trying to resuscitate Hamlet’s corpse.

Fortinbras
OK. You carry on. Stop updating these posts to FB. And I’ll see if I can resuscitate his mother. After this, the rest should be silence.

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4 comments:

Lindsay said...

Can't breathe...choking with laughter here. Missed a bloody belter again didn't I? Because of the intro I can imagine everyones voices which adds to the comedy. This is brilliant!

Ashley R Lister said...

Lindsay,

I really wish I'd taken the camcorder. The cast on this one were superb. Yu missed a cracker.

Ash

Anonymous said...

Mr Lister you are GOOD,I'm taking my hat off to you!

Ashley R Lister said...

Anonymous,

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Ash