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Courtier's Darkest Secret Exposed In A Moment Of Madness

Updated: Jan 29

Call Me Oz

Finding The Will & Tortive Theatre

Richard Curnow

Poor Osric has carried a heavy burden for 45 years, after witnessing the carnage at Elsinore he suffered a nervous breakdown subsequently spending years and huge amounts of money in therapy with unsympathetic Ingrid. Therapy only works if the patient divulges their darkest secrets - something Oz simply cannot do, hardly surprising when Ingrid accuses her troubled patient of being anally retentive. Oz is paying good money for therapy, not verbal abuse from a woman who is confused about her own origins.

After a lot of soul searching, along with the lure of much needed cash, Oz bows to Ingrid’s will, finally agreeing to tell his side of the sorry saga to gossip magazine Hi Ho. Someone should have warned the poor man that lunchtime drinking is not the answer to pre-interview nerves, but Oz subsequently finds himself giving interviews to an aggressive newspaper journalist, a waspy woman on national radio and finally scoring delicious points off the arrogant tv presenter Laughing Larry. During the course of his tv appearance Oz becomes so deeply immersed in sniping at his host that, in a moment of madness, finally exposes the secret he has kept hidden for many years. The upshot of revelling in his 15 minutes of telly fame is a further interview, this time down at the local nick where he is closely questioned about his possible involvement in Hamlet’s death.

Richard Curnow’s portrayal of the deeply troubled courtier is superb, over the course of the 50 minute story the lid is blown off Horatio’s biography of Hamlet while peeling away the secrets that Oz holds deep inside. Along the way Richard brilliantly morphs into every character involved in the shocking revelations, from the dubious American therapist through to a sexy window cleaner. Call Me Oz is a very funny look at the complicated relationships surrounding the Elsinore bloodletting, takes a clever swipe at our appetite for gossip and plants a seed suggesting that Hamlet’s violent death could have been prevented.

Next week’s talking head is Jules Hobbs who introduces us to the menopausal Hermia in The Dust Behind The Door. Book your tickets via www.tortivetheatre.com

Discover more about Finding The Will - www.findingthewill.com Sheila Vanloo January 2021

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