Queensland Shakespeare

“Silvan Rus plays the role of Hamlet in this production with intense, varying emotion, and delivers Hamlet’s many long and demanding monologues with precision and sincerity.”

“Rus is exciting to watch in one of the most challenging of titular roles. His idiosyncratic energy never wanes as he speaks more (by a ratio of two to one) than any other character of the Shakespeare canon. Initially emotional and then apparently quite mad, his Hamlet is far from an original-emo type protagonist. Instead of wallowing in melancholy, he is the ultimate anti-hero, intensely passionate in both contemplation and sardonic contempt, but also ambitious and unreliable due to his own destructive mindset. And Rus’s stagecraft is impressive, especially in Act Five’s sword fight… “ =

Brisbane Powerhouse

“Silvan Rus in particular gives a genuine sense of menace behind his character yet still manages to garner sympathy when his situation with his child becomes apparent.”

Queensland Shakespeare

“Special mention needs to be made of the musical interludes, which encouraged a nice flow in pace. In the program, it’s noted that all original music was by the show’s director, Rob Pensalfini, and actor, Silvan Rus. They deserve massive kudos on developing such a creative soundscape.”

Queensland Shakespeare

“Silvan Rus who plays Aaron is a stand-out, embodying the words flying out of his mouth with controlled speed and precision. He infuses the character, who is one of the villains in the play, with such an abundance of charm and charisma that audience can’t help but adore him.”

“As the Machiavellian villain Aaron, the Moor, Silvan Rus does an expert job of revealing his cunning, delighting in his malevolence in a manner like that of Shakespeare’s future Iago. Even when suggesting that Tamora’s sons rape Titus’ only daughter Lavinia before killing her as mean of affording Tamora her revenge, there is a musicality to his dialogue delivery that makes for a thoroughly engaging performance.”

“Not only does this “Titus” handle the story’s macabre aspects well, but it cleverly uses humour to engage the audience into lulled satisfaction ahead of its disturbing savagery as Rus showcases Aaron’s sadistic charm through playful, teasing sexual innuendo and even a ‘your mother’ joke as taunt to his lover’s sons, never missing a beat in terms of timing.”