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The Tosca Project

Poor Theatre Series

Date:26 - 30 September 2007

Venue:The Theatre Practice | Studio 4

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It is Rome in 1800, and Napoleonic forces are threatening the borders of Italy. The famous opera singer Tosca is deeply in love with the painter Cavaradossi, but also a jealous woman by nature. Cavaradossi aids in the escape of a political prisoner, and is caught and brutally tortured by the police chief Baron Scarpia.

With her lover imprisoned, Baron Scarpia uses this opportunity to force Tosca to give herself to him, in exchange for her lover’s life. Faced with the life or death of her lover, Tosca agrees to submit on the condition that the execution is faked, and the two be allowed a safe passage out of the papal states. As the Baron is about to have his way with her, Tosca commits an act of desperation and murders the police chief.

Tosca then tries to flee the city with her lover, but everything goes wrong. Scarpia had deceived her - the execution is real. Cavaradossi is shot, and the distraught Tosca eventually leaps off the castle wall.

 

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Art originates from life. Theatre is like a mirror that reflects the people and happenings in life from a different perspective, encouraging us to look within ourselves and to observe the ways of others.

Kuo Jian Hong | Artistic Director