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Heavy make-up all over their faces, powdered wigs, sumptuous cloths: Polonius, King Claudius, Laertes, all Hamlet characters pomp out from Shakespeare’s book and start to follow a white rabbit, in a fairy-tale, surreal atmosphere. Their story is a tragedy, with no way out, but they want to live, they want to be free. This is theatre, this is life, this is Hamlice, an interesting work merging Shakespeare’s tragedy with Alice in wonderland, by Lewis Carroll. This is one of the last shows performed by Compagnia della fortezza, a company founded in 1988 and formed by the convicts of the Maximum Security Prison in Volterra, Pisa. It’s one of the first projects of this kind in Italy, started 23 years ago. Every year Compagnia della fortezza offers classic and unpublished works, from the Italian Pier Paolo Pasolini and Carlo Collodi, to Jean Genet and Bertolt Brecht. Sometimes they go outside, but they usually perform inside, on a stage that open beyond the prison walls. They always feature in the calendar of Volterra Teatro, an International Festival of theatre, music, ballet, poetry, video, art and culture (www.volterrateatro.it).