I AM WILLIAM
Théâtre Le Clou
In a small English village in 1577, a girl’s place is in the home, cleaning and cooking. When young William discovers his sister’s literary talent, however, he cannot keep his amazement to himself. Thus begins a long journey that shows how fraternal love is stronger than truth, how the strength of the pen can topple existing social structures, and how what lies behind social marks may finally be revealed.
Director Sylvain Scott was interested in reexamining a literary monument from the past, and writer Rébecca Déraspe knew that hundreds of years of inequality between men and women were still having an impact on our society today. So, together they imagined a fragment of William Shakespeare’s life that would spark the interest of adolescents—passionate as they are about finding their place in the world—speaking to their dreams, their struggles, their desires, their idealistic faith in the future and, especially, their insatiable desire to find meaning in the vicissitudes of life. I am William is a powerful piece of musical theatre that confounds genders and historical periods to examine the themes of identity, family and the place of women in art and society—issues that are more relevant today than ever.
For nearly 30 years, Théâtre Le Clou has been creating new theatrical works that reach out to teenage audiences. Codirected by Monique Gosselin, Sylvain Scott and Benoît Vermeulen, this collective of directors whose trajectories are as different as they are interconnected interweaves text, form and materials. This exercise in freedom produces in creations that combine rigour and pleasure, provocation and commitment, beauty and chaos.
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