1950s Rome reaches Milan, from 16 to 27 January. At the Piccolo Teatro Strehler, director Massimo Popolizio stages Street Kids, the first novel by Pier Paolo Pasolini, written in 1955. Staying extremely close to the original text, the script by Emanuele Trevi perfectly captures the incisiveness of the intellectual from Friuli.
For this show the great set of the Milanese theatre stays bare, occupied by just a few props. This plain setting frames a troupe of 19 actors headed by Lino Guanciale. Actors with boundless energy, interpreting the suffering and heart-rending humanity of the Roman suburbs.
“Pasolini's characters battle with their everyday life. Theirs is a miserable energy. And the most moving factor in this work is the absence of joy. The street kids are a wild tribe, a team, a group, a herd of poor lost souls portrayed in the details of the text,” Popolizio underlines.
His words are echoed by playwright Trevi: “The scenes are dominated by strong gestures and Roman dialect, or rather that strange linguistic invention that the author described as an invented, artificial language. So it is not the dialect that is actually used in Roman suburbs, but the way the narrator perceives it, a man who is different from them.”
The link between all the stories, but also the mediator between stage and audience, is Lino Guanciale, who represents Pasolini's alter ego. A suspended presence wandering around like a stranger to that world, who listens to the stories of the main characters and shares them.
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