The next time someone says to you ‘I can’t understand Shakespeare’ or ‘we can’t do Shakespeare here, nobody understands it,’ or any other sentence involving the words ‘Shakespeare’ and ‘can’t’ I want you to send them this story.
A group of farmers wives in a small village in Turkey recently put up production of Hamlet. They were led by a woman who left school at 12; she adapted, directed and stared in the production. Shakespeare inspired her.
There’s no flash and sparkle here: it’s a simple show, with simple production values, simply telling a story. There’s no notion of too hard, or too old, or too irrelevant.
Cliche though it may be, there is no such thing as can’t.