Actors

Actors

Aldona Grochal

Aldona Grochal

A graduate of the Acting Department of the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Krakow (1980)
1 July 1977 – 31 August 1987 – The Juliusz Słowacki Theatre, Kraków
1 September 1987 – The Stary Theatre, Kraków

Mysterious in her acting, expressive, intelligent, uncommonly beautiful, full of charm – she is a master in creating a mood. She began working at the Stary Theater in the metaphysically-charged role of Lea in “The Dybbuk” directed by Andrzej Wajda (Opole Theater Confrontations Award). Her next encounter with the director was in the role of Rachela in “The Wedding” (Opole Theater Confrontations Award), which the actress saw as a study of mood, inner emotions, and subtle body language. She was remarkably fascinating, formally playful, and disciplined, with a meticulous balance of the grotesque and absurdity in her roles in Ionesco’s plays: the Pupil in “The Lesson”, directed by Elina Lo Voi, and Queen Mary in “Exit the King, or: Ceremonies”, directed by Krzysztof Nazar. She received an award at the Kalisz Theater Meetings for the role of Joanna – a provincial puppet actress – in “The Revival”, written and directed by Maciej Wojtyszka. The character of poor Anushka in “The Master and Margarita” (based on Bulgakov), staged by Krystian Lupa, was the quintessence of thespian courage, walking the fine line between drama and comedy – she was vulgar, in a drunken mess of “falling tights,” lost in a world of Satanic tricks, seeking justification and acceptance. Her rendering of the Mother in “The Eighth Day of the Week” (based on Marek Hłasko) directed by Armin Petras, swathed in a cocoon of eternal depression and illness, and aging badly, she was a symbol, a cry of the solitude of the contemporary person. Making her mark in Jan Klata’s fierce staging of “The Road to Damascus”, the actress combines masterful technique and the ability to drift toward metaphysics.

Awards

1996 – 36th Kalisz Theater Gatherings – acting award for the role of Joanna in “Revival” by M. Wojtyszko, dir. M. Wojtyszko.
1993 – 18th Opole Theater Confrontations – Polish Classics – acting award for the role of Rachel in “The Wedding” by S. Wyspiański, dir. A. Wajda.
1989 – 14th Opole Theater Confrontations – Polish Classics – acting award for the role of Lea in “Dybbuk” by S. Ansky, dir. A. Wajda

In the Theatre