One of the most celebrated and most watched of original Shakespeare online videos in the short history of the genre. Eighteen year old Craig Bazan, a student at the Creative Arts High School, delivers the ‘O what a rogue and peasant slave am I’ soliloquy from Hamlet (Act 2 Scene 2), in a single shot with fixed camera on a street in Camden, New Jersey. Its its raw and immediate power comes as much from its setting as the passion of the performance. There is a real feeling that this is where Shakespeare belongs.
The video made such an impact that Bazan subsequently published a follow-up YouTube video to say thank you for all of the positive responses that had been received. Barrett and Bazan have now made Hamlet on the Street – Scene 2, in which Bazan plays the scene where Hamlet meets his father’s ghost and becomes possessed by it.
Powerful once more, perhaps with a bit too much shouting, and not quite the impact of the inspired first video.