When Mark Kilmurry co-founded the Studio Company with Patrick McIntyre, he had the opportunity to play the part he had always ached to perform: "Hamlet". But preparing for the production he begins to wonder if it is foolhardy. Can he take on such a mammoth role and also direct? In this diary, Mark shares his thoughts from the inception of the idea through to opening night. He explains the rationale behind Studio Company's acclaimed 2004 production, the how and why of the cuts to the script and describes the rehearsal techniques and exercises that bring it all to life. It includes the performance text.