Programa Escenas do Cambio 2020

What would happen if we put Hamlet on trial as a common assassin? The  playwright and co-director Roger Bernat is one of the most outstanding stage creators of Catalonia. Through the successful Please, continue (Hamlet) he transports us to a real trial of citizen Hamlet, accused of murdering his uncle Polonius, with a real judicial team in place.

Judge, lawyer, prosecutor, forensic doctor and psychiatrist – the key actors in the courts – here become interpreters: just as in the comedia dell’arte, they play with the structure of the case, handling the arguments, the rhetoric, language and gestures that are inherent to them during the real trials. Would we be able to recognise the theatre of life? Will we be aware of the weight of the codes and rules at play and, paradoxically, of the subjectivity of certain decisions? We experience a stage device in which Roger Bernat makes the fourth wall disappear, locating the individual, converted into a “spect-actor” at the heart of its projects, given that the result of the trial will be in the hands of a jury of the people, represented by the audience.

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Co-production: Le Phénix (Valenciennes), Huis a/d Werf (Utrecht), Théâtre du Grü (Geneva), Elèctrica Produccions (Barcelona) and Dreams Come True (Geneva)

Co-staging: Montévidéo (Marseilles), Le Carré - Les Colonnes Scène conventionnée (Saint-Médard- en-Jalles/Blanquefort)

With the collaboration of Villede Genève, Rèpublique and Canton de Genève, Pro Helvetia Fondation Swiss cultural foundation and INAEM - Ministry of Culture of Spain