‘We must do something that depends on us, given that there is so much happening that doesn't depend on anyone.’
Every day I repeat these words from Stanisław Wyspiański’s Liberation to myself like a mantra before I face another day of my passion and madness, namely my adventure with the Słowacki Theatre. It is a beautiful place – divine, challenging and demanding. It doesn't leave anyone indifferent, you don't just come here to do your job. Actually, you don't even have to come here at all, as in reality you never leave.
To balance things out, I can also quietly quote another author – Jerzy Trela: 'Theatre is not Vietnam'.
40 years in theatre. In the same theatre. I ran away twice. I spent three years away from it. I was searching. I thought I would find something equally fascinating. I did not. I came back. If you want, you can come and see the performances in which I’m one of the actors. Well, OK... Just come to our Theatre! To my Theatre! Amen.
I’m glad to be an actor because even when I play the guitar, walk a tightrope, travel, make something out of wood, create crazy worlds with my daughter, or talk to strangers, and someone bothers me with a boring phone call, I can politely tell them not to disturb me as I am at work. That’s what this job is like. It forces us to constantly develop, to be interested in others so that we could hold within ourselves all of these human stories.
As I write these words, it's been exactly 45 years since I became an actress. It was 45 years ago that I became a graduate of the Krakow Theatre Academy. An actor is a peculiar profession. It’s a profession you need to enjoy. You can’t just go to work. And yet there is also life. And in this life, I’ve given birth to two daughters. They are both actresses, which also means something. I was wondering what impressed me in this profession. And I think I know now. Unpredictability. Each role brings something new. A meeting with each new director brings new quality. That’s why I still enjoy acting after 45 years.