EDI Film Screening showcasing Hamlet by Maxine Peake (2015), an example of cross-gender casting, will be screened at Cafe Thu 7 on Sunday 26 February in Ho Chi Minh City and on Monday, 27 February in Hanoi.
EDI Film Screening is part of the Inclusion Week launched by the British Council Vietnam to celebrate diversity and to consider and assess what we are already doing to promote equality, diversity and inclusion. It is also an opportunity to stimulate discussion and thought with our colleagues, partners, customers, friends and family, raising questions and sharing thoughts and expertise to encourage a wider promotion of, and a greater acceptance of the importance and benefits of equality, diversity and inclusion.
The focus for this year’s Inclusion Week is gender. Often a focus on gender is equated with a focus on women, and while it is true that in many contexts women continue to have unequal access to things like education, fair pay and personal freedom, a focus on gender goes far beyond a focus on women only.
As part of the Inclusion Week, the British Council will present the film version of Hamlet – with BAFTA-nominated actress Maxine Peake in the title role – in its sell-out run at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre. Peake’s Hamlet is one example of cross-gender casting.
Hamlet (Maxine Peake 2015) – Hamlet
From the production at the Royal National Theatre
Shakespeare’s most iconic work, Hamlet explodes with big ideas and is the ultimate story of loyalty, love, betrayal, murder and madness. Hamlet's father is dead and Denmark has crowned Hamlet's uncle the new king. Consumed by grief, Hamlet struggles to exact revenge, with devastating consequences.