Hamlet in the imperative !

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Olivier Py

Avignon / Created in 2020

With the most famous of Shakespeare’s tragedies, Olivier Py comes to the garden of the bibliothèque Ceccano to ask a central question: “What can theatre do?”

Hamlet in the imperative ! © Christophe Raynaud de Lage

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Presentation

“Who’s there?” From its opening line, Hamlet calls out to the audience and drags them into a story where duty and awareness of the self intersect in the famous “To be or not to be.” Accompanied by amateurs, students from the École régionale d’acteurs de Cannes-Marseille, and professional actors, Olivier Py comes to the garden of the bibliothèque Ceccano to question theatre itself thanks to Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. With a new translation, an original text, and a few of his 1001 Definitions of Theatre, he invites us to think about what it means to act. To play? To take action? With ten episodes based alternatively on key scenes, monologues, or individual characters, and five performances of Hamlet, the series asks a central question, every day of the Festival: “What can theatre do?” So, yes, spectators and actors alike, are you there?

Distribution

With Moustafa Benaïbout, Damien Bigourdan, Céline Chéenne, Julien Jolly, Redwane Joseph, Bertrand de Roffignac, Youssef Zendji, theatre enthusiasts citizens and students at École régionale d'acteurs de Cannes et de Marseille

Original text, translation and direction Olivier Py
Composition, percussions Julien Jolly
(in progress)

Production

Production Festival d'Avignon
Co-production École régionale d'acteurs de Cannes et de Marseille
With the support of the Fondation SNCF for the 74th edition of the Festival d'Avignon, sponsor of the feuilleton in jardin Ceccano for 6 years.
In collaboration with bibliothèque Ceccano

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