2012 Hamlet private

"The performance was a wonderful experience. I loved its far-reaching and carefully reflected concept, beautiful cards, the warm Cécile. Maybe I was a bad spectator, because I'm not a ditherer. But the interpretation was frighteningly accurate. Really. It started with Poison and ended on the Threshold, this is where I am, in the middle of the storm with one foot in the door. Behind the door is hopefully a more creative and happier me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to experience this performance, it might really have a notable influence on my life." 
written by a spectator on Gnab Collective's facebook page after the performance


Hamlet private is based on Shakespeare's Hamlet and his inability to act. The starting point of the project was the claim that Hamlet's fundamental questions are also our questions. His hesitation is also our hesitation. In order to bring Hamlet closer to us, the performance leaves the traditional theatre context and meets its audience in a much more intimate way: the performance is done for one spectator at a time in a bar or cafe. The performance is a private, intimate experience for the spectator who has a chance to analyse his or her own concrete life situation with the help of the Talmeh card system and the performer's interpretation of them.


© Martina Marti

premiere at Café Talo, Helsinki 12.12.2012

script, directing and production: Martina Marti 
actress: Cécile Orblin 
visual design: Marion Maisano
production assistant: Jaana Eskola

supported by Kone Foundation, Arts Council of Finland, Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, Performance Center Eskus, City of Helsinki Cultural Office

Read some of the reviews we got here and here

Five international versions of Hamlet private were created in Germany, Denmark and Italy:

premiere at Nathanya & Heinrich, Berlin 18.7.2013
by Martina Marti, Marion Maisano & Claudia Schwartz

premiere in Mols, Denmark, 16.8.2013 in co-operation with Secret Hotel
by Martina Marti, Emma Suominen & Nini Bang
read more here

premiere in Mantua, Italy, 14.3.2014 in co-operation with Scarlattine Teatro
by Martina Marti, Erno Raitanen & Giulietta De Bernardi / Marco Mazza
read more here.


premiere in Milan, Italy, September 2015 in co-operation with Scarlattine Teatro
by Martina Marti, Erno Raitanen & Anna Fascendini

© original version 2012 Martina Marti, Marion Maisano & Cécile Orblin

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