Re-member Me at Contact Theatre, Manchester, 28–29 November 2017, 10.00 - 15.00 - Book now
We all have dreams. Some want to be tiddlywinks world champion, others want to grow the world’s largest aubergine, and there are even those that want to be actors. For lip-sync artist Dickie Beau, his dream is a seemingly simple one: to play Hamlet.
Unfortunately for Dickie, so far that dream hasn’t come true. So Dickie did what all good dreamers do and took Yorick’s skull into his own hands. Re-member Me sees Beau become a human Hamlet mixtape, taking all the great recorded performances of the past – Peter O’Toole, Ian McKellen, Daniel Day-Lewis – and bringing them back to life through his own body.
Dickie is such a superb lip-syncer that the experience of seeing him perform is rather strange – it really does feel like he is saying the words and not simply mouthing along to them. When added to the already ghostly themes of Hamlet that equals a rather haunting experience. But there’s also less ghostly and more gossipy side to Re-member Me, such as interview extracts where actors talk about their own performance and, of course, bitch about one another.
The latest in a series of lip-syncing masterclasses, Re-member Me is certainly that: memorable.