#SonsofGod – Coriolanus Reimagined
by Jen McGregor
directed by Laura Pasetti
with Michael Cooke, Stefano Guizzi, Daniel Hird, Renee Williams
and on screen Aaron Jones
RAP lyrics by Jen McGregor
music by Davide Borri and Oltre Prod
lighting designer Manuel Frenda
costume designer Simona Paci
video by Stefano Teodori, Monica Fenu and School of Cinema of Milan
educational material by Mark Bolsover
Italian surtitles by Carlotta La Floresta
#SonsOfGod is a reflection about our society and its values: in the age of social networks and smartphones the only way for individuals to affirm their existence is to constantly be connected. Within Internet’s “democracy” everyone can express themselves, everyone can comment and judge. The people of the web can often be as cruel as Ancient Romans were.
As happens in talent shows, the public reigns supreme and it has the power to decide upon the fate of the participants. Nowadays the power is no longer measured in military supremacy, land ownership and domination upon peoples. Nowadays the power comes form the media. Even our own identity is challenged by the power of the web and the social networks.
What if the people of Rome were the people of Facebook?
What if nowadays the power was only provided by the quantity of LIKES we have on our profiles?
Here we are in 2024 where the TV channel Tribuneonline constantly broadcasts news and updates about the most popular show ever: “Sons Of God” challenges. War games, where the heroes are young people competing in deadly battles, are organized in order to keep balance between peoples. Every moment of the challenge and of its preparation is recorded and broadcast on Tribuneonline with a live commentary.
In a society where the voice of the people and the web have the power to decide upon your live, the only rule is to show off, to appear.
Yet a boy doesn’t like it, he only wants to fight for himself. Didn’t he understand the rules of the game or how to survive?
The players’ voices are broken up by video messages sent by the followers to support or comment the participants.
One voice above the others marks the key moments of the story, with its sarcastic rap the voice tells to the public how living in this virtual Rome is. Here the only real thing is blood, shed blood. The blood of those not complying with the system, those not gaining enough audiences’ attention.
a #CharioteerTheatre and #PiccoloTeatroDiMilano-Teatro D’Europa coproduction
with the support of The British School of Milan “Sir James Henderson”
The concept underlying the creation of these plays, Acting Put and #SonsOfGod, is to introduce young people to the main themes covered in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus. Our intent is to create a story that mirrors the Bard’s one while taking place in a modern context. To realize the #SonsOfGod project, Charioteer Theatre engaged Jen McGregor and Duncan Kidd two young Scottish playwrights whose task was to transfer the story of Coriolanus to the present day. Their challenge was to find a way to communicate to the public the relevance of Shakespeare’s themes and matters.
The tragedy of Coriolanus is one of Shakespeare’s less performed plays. Perhaps Coriolanus’ narrative appears to be far from our time and the monologues seem long-winded. The text reflects indeed the means of expression and the language at that time whereas nowadays, as a result of social media and new communicative needs, we grew accustomed to a more efficient and incisive language. Suffice it to say that we can only use 140 characters for a Tweet and texting abbreviations are used in everyday language.
“ Molto coinvolgente! Bene i sottotitoli perché aiutano i ragazzi più deboli”
S.M.S Morante – Garbagnate Milanese
“Molto interessante l’adattamento! Recitazione molto alla portata di un pubblico giovane”
IC De Andreis – Milano
“Mi è sembrato innovativo nei media usati e nel coinvolgimento del pubblico”
I.I.S Majorana – Cesano Maderno
“ Lo spettacolo mi è piaciuto molto. Molto bello è il lavoro con i ragazzi delle scuole”
“Fantastico! Mi ha aperto un mondo, grazie!”
I.I.S Cardano – Milano
“Sicuramente interessante e stimolante per dibattere sui temi attuali che lo spettacolo ha proposto”
Maria Ausiliatrice – Milano
“Un buon mix tra Shakespeare e attualità. Utile il rapper per illustrare i temi. Appealing”
“Studenti entusiasti! Ottimo l’inserimento del rap!”
I.T.A.S Giulio Natta – Milano
“Molto interessante! Complimenti per la ricerca e la sperimentazione mischiando generi (Rap, Teatro, Video)
Liceo Artistico Boccioni – Milano
Christmas lunch 2015
Here is a picture of the Christmas 2015 lunch hosted by the British Chamber of Commerce in Italy in which Charioteer Theatre participated.
Ms Mohtadi will attend to #SonsOfGod at Piccolo Teatro di Milano in April 2016.