The Bretón Theater presents this Saturday the show ‘Paradise Lost’


The Bretón Theater presents this Saturday, January 21, at 8:00 p.m., within the cycle ‘Great Works, Great Authors’, the show ‘Paradise Lost’ directed by Andrés Lima, which pays tribute to the beauty of John’s epic poem Milton from a contemporary perspective and pays tribute to the trade of comedian, often demonized for his capacity for transgression.

The epic poem published by John Milton in 1667 explains the tragedy of the fall of man, but also narrates the fall of Satan. Claimed by the romantics as the true hero, Milton’s Satan symbolizes the rebel rebel against the tyranny of heaven. Because before the fall of man is the story of the fallen angel. The story of a failed rebellion and its consequences, which will condition the fate of men and women. But, are we like this because our destiny was written that way or because our beliefs led us to write it that way?

In addition to a celebration of the beauty of Milton’s language, this Lost Paradise also wants to build a tribute to the trade of the comedian, so often vilified, belittled and demonized for its fascinating capacity for transformation and transgression. Comedians were not allowed to go near the cities, because it was feared that their trade could contaminate people of good faith. The fear of knowledge has very ancient roots. “Can knowing be a sin?” said the serpent to the woman. And it was the woman who chose knowledge over ignorance.

This co-production of the Teatre Romea, Grec 2022, the Barcelona Festival and the National Dramatic Center, which has the support of the Platea State Performing Arts program of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, is directed by Andrés Lima and has been adapted by Helena Tornero . The acting cast is made up of Pere Arquillué, Cristina Plazas, Lucía Juárez, Rubén de Eguia, Elena Tarrats and Laura Font.

The director of this work, Andrés Lima, explains that this show “is the attempt to understand our behavior, to know if Faith is just a preconceived plan to ensure obedience; if spirituality is the intangibility of freedom or the perpetuation of fear”.

A flap of wings, a flash of lightning, a crash to the ground, Satan writhes in pain. Pain is born. Satan rises. The rebellion is born.

God and Satan, obedience or rebellion. Adam and Eve. These four characters star in this tale full of rage and fury, told by a blind man (Milton) who signifies a considerable amount of our Western culture.

“In the revision of our myths rest the eternal questions, the ones we have to keep asking ourselves: Who are we? How do I want to live? How do I face death? Lost Paradise, or the Bible, are books in which we can believe or books that we can interpret, like the most beautiful poems”, points out Lima.

“Today the theater looks at itself in the mirror of myth, like the ancients. And John Milton, this blind immortal guides us in this darkness. Because darkness is reserved for those of us who do not obey. For those of us who believe that the apple, already Whether it’s the witch from Snow White or the Devil, it’s very good. And the extraordinary original sin. And God knows it,” he concludes.

For her part, Helena Tornero, author of this adaptation based on Milton’s poem, points out that “every rebellion starts from a failure. Re-bellum means to fight again. You have been defeated, you have fallen, but you get up and come back to fight.” fight again. Throughout history, many have tried to make theater disappear. But theater carries within itself, like the fallen angel, the seed of rebellion. It is always there, ready to rise up to fight again. If there is any artistic profession that knows how to fall and rise again, it is the theater. It is that rebellious child that reminds us that we are not perfect. Perhaps now is a good moment to ask yourself some questions about the beliefs that have given us been transmitted. About its consequences in the treatment of women, men, all living beings, the planet. Maybe it’s time to listen to the words of the fallen angel. Before it’s too late to rewrite what I later we call fate.”

In this theatrical adaptation, he adds, “we give the public the opportunity to feel part of each of the different tribes that confront each other in the theatrical space, a metaphor for the universe: angels, demons, actors, actresses, women and men. A trip to the place of the other, the opposite, the different, letting yourself be traversed by Milton’s words and discovering what part there is in each of us as angel, devil, man, woman, comedian or spectator”.

Andrés Lima, actor and theater director, is considered one of the great Spanish stage directors. With the Animalario theater company, with which he has won three Max Awards for best direction, he has contributed in recent years to renewing the concepts of staging in Spanish theater. He has taken numerous courses in Spain and has been awarded a scholarship for the Emerging Writers International Residence at the Royal Court Theater (London).

The Bretón Theater presents this Saturday the show ‘Paradise Lost’