pal.Hamlet was the virtual double of live actor Norman Ferguson, who played Hamlet in our remediated production of Hamletmachine. The concept behind this production was that Hamlet himself was split, his personality fragmented, and the negative forces within him manifested themselves as pal.Hamlet, a virtual Doppelgänger who lived in Hamlet’s mind. pal.Hamlet drives Hamlet when he is unable to act for himself, driving him to the darker actions of the play, including the rape of his mother.
For our production, I led the media team charged with bringing pal.Hamlet to life. As the main focus of my research into Posthuman Theatre, I saw pal.Hamlet as an example of the acting machine, an animated avatar driven by the action onstage.