Quando il tiro si alza

Touring production

100 years have passed since the outbreak of World War I. Guido Ceronetti and his Teatro dei Sensibili evokes on stage an event which tragically and mercilessly involved the lives of tens of millions of men.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi

Two days before the Anglo-French battle of the Somme (1 July 1916), the British officials of the 9th battalion of the Yorkshire Light Infantry, deployed in front of the German positions of Fricourt, met for a toast on the eve of the attack. Nominated to make the toast, Captain Harshwell slowly said “Gentlemen, when the barrage lifts”. The raising of the barrage was the signal for the infantry to attack. The battalion, on the evening of the first day, was reduced from eight hundred to eighty men. Amongst the fallen was the Commander, Lynch, and the same Captain Harshwell. The toast of Fricourt was forever written into universal history. I adopted it, with its Aeschylean epitaph terseness, together with my group Teatro dei Sensibili, on the 100th anniversary of the 1914-1918 Great War, for its naked eloquence evocative of an apogee of the tragic in the enigmatic and miserable story of humanity. We form a micro-chorus which tries, through its simple means, to symbolically evoke on the stage an event in which tens of millions of men were ruthlessly involved.

Guido Ceronettistreet artist

Duration: 1 hour and 10 minutes

The Playbill

Piccolo Teatro Grassi
From 3 to 5 October 2014
When the barrage lifts
The blood of Europe: 1914 – 1918

written, directed and starring Guido Ceronetti and the actors of the Teatro dei Sensibili
with Luca Mauceri (Baruk), Eléni Molos (Dianira), Valeria Sacco (Egeria), Filippo Usellini (Nicolas) and with the participation of Elisa Bartoli (Durga, the anonymous dancer)
Piccolo Teatro Milan – Theatre of Europe production