Presented in Polish     

June 10, 2016, as part of the Big Book Festival in Warsaw, Poland
August 6, 2016, as part of International Shakespeare Festival in Gdansk, Poland

"Hamlet#Casting is a combination of contradictions. It is a tale of the everyday, which can be banal and full of played-out scenarios. Musical hits which tell of unrequited love, Facebook conversations which do not bring happiness, dreams from TV serials. Against this background, Hamlet asks himself questions which sound like a repetitive chorus: am I good enough, valued, desired? Am I myself? Can one really live in a world in which one is always being watched?"

Based on Hamlet's famous 'To be or not to be' monologue, the performance includes texts by Zośka Papużanka, Hubert Klimko-Dobrzaniecki, Jan Kott, Szczepan Twardoch and Marcin Świetlicki, as well as fragments of TV serials and programmes, and live music. There are also works by Mary Komasa and Bryan Ferry.      

“We invited outstanding actors to take part in an experiment which demands courage. They take part in an audition, square up to a role which they most probably will not play. The audition is a symbol of a contemporary trial and a test but also the actor’s trauma. It is at the same time a chance and the loss of hope. The doubts recorded by Shakespeare will sound dramatic and painful in the performances by women and men, twenty-year-olds and forty-year-olds, mothers and singles. As Hamlet says, when he feels fulfilled, when he is full of sadness, is he in love or joking?” - Anna Król   

Script and Direction: Anna Król
Photography: Adam Kryciński
Projection and Editing: Jakub Pawlak
Performance Production: Piotr Kozicki, “Kultura nie boli” Foundation
Casting Organisation: Dorota Kukieła
Promotion: Monika Szwugier, Go Culture. Komunikacja dla kultury

Invited, well-known Polish actors

Main Role: Julian Świeżewski

Other Roles: Katarzyna Pośpiech, Sebastian Cybulski,  Joanna Rucińska, Mariusz Odwarzny, Maciej Dmochowski

The “To be or not to be” soliloquy performed by: Adam Ferency, Piotr Adamczyk, Agnieszka Żulewska, Grzegorz Damięcki, Jarosław Boberek, Sebastian Cybulski, Antoni Pawlicki, Ewa Konstancja Bułhak, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Mariusz Odwarzny, Redbad Klijnstra, Bartosz Gelner, Rafał Mohr, Rafał Fudalej, Olga Bołądź, Katarzyna Herman, Przemysław Bluszcz, Weronika Rosati, Piotr Rogucki, Eryk Lubos, Mateusz Janicki, Julian Świeżewski

Live Music: Leski, Skubas     

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Sponsorship and Funding:
Foundation 'Culture doesn't Hurt' (Kultura nie boli)
British Council