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The San Javier Theater Group premieres Shakespeare's "Coriolano" with 50 people on stage (16/08/2019)

The amateur theater group is the heir of the "Oscar 69" group that 50 years ago created an Amateur Theater Contest, the origin of the current Festival

The San Javier Theater Group faces one of its great challenges as an amateur group with the play "Coriolano", one of Shakespeare's lesser-known texts with a bulky cast of 50 people on stage.

José Antonio Navas, who signs the adaptation of the work, directs and stars in the "intense and very dynamic" assembly in which we speak of pride, power and manipulation.

The story, based on a legend although in historical format, is based on the figure of Cayo Marcio Coriolano, a Roman general who banished from Rome for his pride and despotism takes refuge with the Volsco people he had previously submitted.

Out of revenge, he rises against Rome with the help of the Volscos, who will eventually end up feeling betrayed by Coriolano.

The manipulation of the people at the whim of those who hold power is the central idea of ​​this tragedy written in his last years by Shakespeare, notes José Antonio Navas who had been circling the text for some time.

The scenery, music and costumes contribute to providing a timeless air to the assembly, "whose text sounds as current as any of Shakespeare's works."

"We have wanted to finally convey the message that things can be and can be solved in another way, without manipulations or wars or confrontations" explains José Antonio Navas who also wanted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Festival with 50 people on stage for what He appealed among former members of the group to participate by joining the bodies of citizens, soldiers and senators.

The group faced the work at the end of last year starting rehearsals in January 2019. The nerves of the premiere coexist with the confidence in the work done despite the difficulties involved in the operation of a group in which the actors of vocation must combine their passion with their usual jobs and especially in an assembly like this in which 50 people are mobilized.

The assembly features original music performed by 11 live musicians, under the direction of Rafael López.

The group has turned to dance teacher Ruth Olmos as a choreographer and local tenor Jesús Hernández who gives voice to the music section.

Professionals, friends and group members deal with lighting and sound, set design and props, costumes, hairdressing and makeup.

The San Javier Theater Group traditionally acts as a host at the Festival that was created 50 years ago by the initiative of an amateur theater group "Oscar 69" that was currently in San Javier and directed by Francisco Rubio.

Some of the actors of that time are still active in the San Javier Theater Group, which opens its new assembly every year at the International Theater, Music and Dance Festival in which the Amateur Theater Contest that was held for the first time in 1969 and that was the origin of the current Festival.

Source: Ayuntamiento de San Javier

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