A Man of action moved by one question: What can we do for our dead, knowing that praying for them is pointless?
mala voadora presents Hamlet.
Departing from the "bad quarto" (first quarto - Q1) – a version of the text that resulted from testimonies of people that knew the original show and, probably in exchange of money, described it so that it could be sold to other companies. It was a very common procedure. The text is irregular, imperfect, a dirty draft, a rushed version of the narrative. But in truth, recent investigations (based on presentations of this work) stated that it is perfect for stage after all, even with its gaps and errors. It is made for companies with fewer actors. It predicts that the actors play more than one role. It is a group play with balanced roles and, most importantly, it is synthetical. With a less introspective and cruder Hamlet, this is a play about revenge, pure and hard. Alec Guinness called it "the Hamlet with a brake malfunction".
In its quickness, it seems to be propitious for short rehearsals, improvisation and even the comical. W. H. Widgery found it "superior for theatrical means". Although highly criticised (for cutting short the lyrical and introspective musings), the "bad quarto" has been praised for its energy, rhythm, narrative pulse and its economical clarity. It is a hastier Shakespeare than usual. His contemporaries complimented him on being a fast writer. Samuel Johnson added: "Unfortunately, it shows too often" – this is a story that Jorge Luís Borges loved.
direction Jorge Andrade
from Hamlet, bad quarto (Shakespeare)
translation and dramaturgical support Fernando Villas-Boas
dramaturgical support David Cabecinha
featuring Anabela Almeida, Carlos António, David Pereira Bastos, Hugo Torres, Manuel Moreira, Marco Paiva, among others
scenography and costumes José Capela
light design Daniel Worm d’Assumpção
soundtrack Rui Lima e Sérgio Martins
production Manuel Poças
advisory, management and programming Vânia Rodrigues
mala voadora is a structure financed by Governo de Portugal / Secretário de Estado da Cultura / Direcção-Geral das Artes and is associated with the Associação Zé dos Bois and O Espaço do Tempo.