Hamlet all over the place

24 Apr

The great celebration of William Shakespeare’s 448th birthday started at noon in Gdansk. Hamlet was just all over the place. The Hamlets played on 10 stages on Długi Targ, in the very heart of Gdansk. The actors were invited by one of the most famous Polish directors: Andrzej Wajda. And since it was Wajda who invited them, you can be sure that these were only the best actors, and there were 26 of them. 26 amazing actors: Grzegorz Przybył, Michał Rolnicki, Mirosław Baka, Wojciech Solarz, Radosław Krzyżowski, Marcin Sianko, Krzysztof Gordon, Paulina Chruściel, Marek Oleksy, Piotr Kondrat, Tomasz Nosinski, Adam Biernat, Marcin Czarnik, Krystian Nehrebecki, Maciej Konopiński, Jacek Król, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski, Jakub Snochowski, Krzysztof Tyniec, Krzysztof Zawadzki, Maciej Tomaszewski, Wojciech Leonowicz, Marek Mokrowiecki, Michał Mikołajczak, Michał Majnicz and Jan Mancewicz. So many well-known faces gathered in one place, it was wonderful. The crowds of Shakespeare nuts (and, of course, school groups) flooded the place in just a couple of minutes. People would queue up in impossibly long lines to get their invitations signed by the actors. The photographers were rushing through the dense crowd to get as close as possible to the stage. So much ado about Hamlet! 😉 And the adventure started. At least for me it did. I took my camera out of the bag and started trudging through the crowd to see what happens where. Just an hour later I was laughing at my camera being the reason of my getting so close to the stage. People would move to let me get closer to it, or they’d ask who I work for. At least I know I looked like a professional, that’s the first success of the day! 🙂 I was running in circles, from one stage to another, telling everyone that I was sure to start crying the very moment I heard “To be or not to be”. And while I was getting more and more crazy, amazing thing started to happen on the stages. The actors were just perfect, getting inside the spactators’ heads. They were the centre of the world, just for a few minutes, but they were. Each one of them. All of them – brilliant actors. Attracting the attention of every person cramped in front of the stage. And really it was all of them, ALL, that were so special. In their own way. All of them doing their best. Showing real emotions. Giving us everything they could. Sometimes I felt I had to stop taking pictures. Just so I could stop for a moment, stand there, stare at them in amazement, admire their work. And they really should be admired.

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