Yorick stuck in my head

27 Apr

Tomasz Nosinski

There’s not much I can say. It’s just Tomek – surprising. And my favourite monologue. Surprising, as well. It was just a couple of hours before I met Tomek that me and my friend were laughing at (a wonderfully funny) joke: when I was asked if I play in “Hamlet” I answered, “Oh, yes I do, I play Yorick”. We found it very funny. Mostly because just a second later a friend sitting right next to me said, “Say you’re playing the skull”. Putting the jokes aside, we started wondering if there was ever such a case when Yorick, also known as ‘the skull’, was played by an actor. I found my answer on Monday. Or maybe I met my answer. Tomek got onto stage, smiling, and performed a wonderful monologue. The moment I realised he played Yorick, I started jumping around like an idiot, trying to show my friend, Monika: look, look, he’s Yorick, how awesome! The monologue just knocked me off my feet. No wonder it did, all in all – it’s my Yorick 😉 I dropped my camera (which was a sign of amazement) and I was just staring at Tomek. There it was, my dream role, on stage. Not bad. Actually, it was just brilliant! And what an amazing actor. So I was standing there, just a couple of metres away from the stage, and I was beaming, so happy I got a chance to see such a role. I took loads of pictures. I was really amazed with the text, Tomek’s acting, and, most of all, the whole idea. After the performance, I ran up to the stage to get an autograph. So that I don’t forget that performance. I just had to ask Tomek, where he got such and idea. I might have been dreaming of seeing Yorick on stage, but I really didn’t expect to ‘meet’ him in Gdansk. I was asking more and more questions, and listening carefully to Tomek while he was telling me about his “Hamlet” in the Stefan Żeromski Theatre. As it turns out, it’s not only possible to play Yorick, it’s also possible to show the entire play from his point of view. Suddenly it seems like Yorick sees more than anyone else. Just a reminder: he does not have eyes. He’s a skull. Seeing more than actual people. Nice. “We wanted to plant a thought in the spectators’ heads; a thought that maybe Yorick was Hamlet’s father”, said Tomek. He also mentions that he likes it when the audience is surprised. Well, if he wanted to surprise us – he did really well. But the thought that Yorick could be Hamlet’s father can really come as a shock. The brilliant monologue performed by Tomek was written by Agnieszka Jakimiak. When I think about it now, I was really surprised and so happy to see Yorick on stage that I guess I’ll never forget this performance 😉

Tomek Nosinski

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