Caesar - more than just a salad.
What the patricians think
speakers looking to combine ancient Rome, theater and the sense of humor
essential for survival as a tourist in this most complicated of cities..
NY Times.com - Travel
There have been many
plays written about Julius Caesar, but nothing quite like this! The
Miracle Players, with their admirable style, have taken the complicated
story of Caesar's rise and demise and have turned it into 40 minutes of
Where - Rome
The Miracle Players
have been entertaining residents and tourists with their humorous English
language productions for over five years and now they are back... telling
the story of one of the most famous Romans of all times: Julius Caesar.
...The play keeps up
the group's crowd-pleasing tradition of blending entertainment with
Cara - Aerlingus in-flight magazine
sicuramente da non perdere...
Arriva dalla collaudata compagnia dei
Miracle Players quello che si preannuncia come il prossimo caso della
stagione teatrale romana. Specializzata in spettacoli in lingua, la
compagnia ha debuttato ieri sera nel Foro Romano... con una esilarante
commedia ispirata alla vita di Giulio Cesare. Già il titolo è un inno alla
comicità: "Cesare - more than just a salad", ovvero "Cesare, molto di più
di un'insalata" (gioco di parole su un piatto della cucina internazionale,
la Caesar Salad appunto).
Corriere della Sera
...Scritte a partire
dalle opere di autori latini e greci come Livio, Plutarco, Giovenale,
Cicerone, Svetonio, Cassio Dione, ma anche Shakespeare e le sue tragedie
romane. I risultati sono brevi opere composite, dal ritmo serrato e dai
tempi comici esilaranti, che riferiscono in chiave ironica episodi reali e
letterari della città eterna. Lo stile è quello tipico del teatro di
strada che fa a meno di scenografie, palcoscenici, supporti audiovisivi di
sorta. Semplicemente si avvale di costumi neutri e attrezzi di scena (props),
predisposti a caratterizzare i diversi personaggi e le successive fasi del
plot. Così buffi cappelli, parrucche colorate, ombrelli, maschere, scope,
accette, spade dadi, teste di cavallo montate su bastoni cavalcati
all'occasione, vengono estratti e riposti in ceste a vista, con divertita
nonchalance. L'impressione che se ne ricava è di una performance
dove l'improvvisazione la fa da padrona, volutamente estemporanea, tutt'al
più costruita sulla base di un canovaccio secondo il modello della
commedia dell'arte. In realtà (e i teatranti lo sanno bene), si tratta di
un effetto tanto paradossale quanto voluto, reso possibile da una solida
struttura del testo e, aggiunge Bassanesi, da lunghi periodi di prove...
...in maniera ironica ci
spiegano la Storia romana in maniera semplice, tanto che gli stessi attori
riescono a capire cosa stanno dicendo!!!
Omaggio a Cesare, i
britannici al Mamertino
Anglosassoni per nascita, romani per amore. Hanno tra i trenta e i
quarant'anni e due passioni: Roma e il teatro di strada. Rigorosamente in
lingua inglese... Quaranta minuti di divertente spensieratezza con lo
spettacolo Caesar - more than just a salad... "Veniamo da diverse parti
del mondo anglofono - dice Eric Bassanesi, il capocompagnia - Siamo
innamorati di Roma e abbiamo voluto dare un nostro scanzonato contributo
alla storia patria"
...I Miracle Players
raccontano la vita del condottiero in quaranta minuti di pura comicità...
Corriere della Sera
I Miracle Players tra le
Ogni martedì e venerdì, all’ora del tramonto o poco prima (l’inizio dello
spettacolo è alle 19,30 per approfittare della luce naturale), nei luoghi
più suggestivi della Capitale (quest’anno proprio di fronte al Carcere
Mamertino), i cinque componenti del gruppo teatrale Miracle Players
recitano in inglese per un pubblico di turisti e non, che - per entrare -
lasciano un’offerta libera. Cinque attori, cinque nazionalità: America,
Australia, Inghilterra, Italia e Scozia. Rob Allyn, Giulia Bernardini,
Eric Bassanesi, Denise McNee, Dyanne White. Mettono in scena testi
originali, o adattamenti “comici” dei classici (Plutarco, Svetonio,
Cicerone, Shakespeare...e anche Monty Python) e con l’occasione forniscono
ai visitatori della Città Eterna un’occasione per fare un salto... nella
nostra Storia, ma in inglese. Quaranta minuti stavolta per parlare di
Julius Caesar: quanto conosciamo bene Cesare, in profondità? Qual’era il
suo primo lavoro? Guerre, battaglie, gladiatori e amori. Ma Cesare aveva
anche il problema della perdita dei capelli? Queste domande si pone la
commedia scritta dalla McNee, Cesar. More than just a salad. Gli
spettacoli, che da giugno replicano fino al 13 agosto, coniugano ironia e
“tragedia storica”, realtà e finzione. Loro giocano col miracolo, o
meglio, lo mettono in scena, come vuole il doppio significato del verbo
... una divertente e
utile commedia a cielo aperto...
Rom - "The Miracle
Players" er en engelsktalende teatergruppe i Rom. De spiller originale
klassiske teaterstykker eller komiske bearbejdelser af klassiske stykker i
historiske steder. Denne sommer opfører the Miracle Players komisk teater
på engelsk i Forum Romanum lige ved Mamertinerfængslet (indgang bagved
Piazza Venezia). Arrangementet er i samarbejde med Italiensk Kultur
Ministeriet og Roms Kommune. I år kan man se forestillingen "Cæsar - more
than just a salad", som fortæller om Julius Cæsar ikke så meget som
romersk kajser og krigshelt, men hellere som almindelig hverdagsmand. Ved
I f.eks. hvad Cæsars første job var? Hvordan han opførte sig, da han blev
bortført af sørøverne? Hvordan blev han egentlig myrdet? Eller om han
havde problemer med sit hår? Denne komedie giver svar på alle disse
spørgsmål i løbet af 40 minutter, så længe varer forestillingen. Til
gengæld kan man opleve de galliske krige, kampene mellem gladiatorerne og
meget mere. Historien er baseret på de klassiske kilder (Cicero, Julius
Cæsar, Plutarch, Suetonius, men også Shakespeare og Monty Python!).
Berlingske Tidende - Denmark
The people's voice
Caesar - More Than Just a Salad si basa
su testi classici e antichi per ricostruire la storia e le
vicissitudini di Giulio Cesare con un piglio comico, un'(auto)ironia
invidiabile e una felicità espressiva che passa dagli attrezzi di
scena, intelligentemente semplici quanto efficaci, alla verve
interpretativa degli attori e delle attrici (tutti/e!!!), alla
partitura comica del testo che coniuga la semplicità del teatro di
strada (approccio diretto con un pubblico NON pagante, mentre turisti
e curiosi gironzolano davanti e dietro il palco anche durante lo
spettacolo) con l'immediatezza di intelligenti notazioni di costume,
che rileggono velocemente, ma non sommariamente, il passato di Roma
con il metro della storia contemporanea.
...and in 2004...
Thanks for that. As always we enjoyed it
very biggly in heaps and bountifuls and plentifuls... and it was a real
I enjoyed your show last week. As
non-native English speaker I sometimes found myself a bit behind on the
plot and all the gimmicks, but anyway... Just one hint to the part where
you try to show something typically Belgian (I know the audience loved you
guys NOT knowing anything about Belgians): show a beer, some chocolates or
some chips (please don't take a German or a Dutch beer, because that
insults all Belgians!), or read the comic strip "Asterix" to get
inspiration for something typically Belgian... Hope to get to the forum
Bob W. - a Belgian...
Caesar . . . Not Just a Salad was wonderful fun and a delightful
primer regarding the Augustan era. High penta!!
Joe and Carmen O.
I wouldn't miss The Miracle Players for the
world. Loved it all - you go on from strength to strength. Keep it up,
Our last day in Rome was June 15th and my
parents, my husband and my two children and I came to the Roman Forum to
see the show, "Caesar - more than just a salad." All three generations
enjoyed the show. My 7 year old daughter says, that the show was funny and
she loved the people standing in the little boats. My 13 year old son
said, the show was enjoyable and lots of fun. Both of my parents enjoyed
the show, though I wished we had cushions for the stone stairs. Thank you
so much for the information that I found though a Google search, and your
Norma Gene D.
...[T]hank you so much for offering me (and
Roman citizens and tourists) your lovely play. I only met you last year,
when your performances were at the end of the season; this time I decided
to invite my students and last week two of them came and enjoyed your
entertainment... II would like to come again with friends as I really
appreciated your humor about that extraordinary man called J. Caesar (even
if sometimes I think he could enjoy Rome and Italy a little bit more...and
leave Celtic Britain in peace). So, hoping to see you again soon, I wish
you a pleasant summertime.
Amici, Cittadini di Roma, Cittadini del Mondo, datemi
Anche questa estate del 2004, nel cuore della Roma antica, la compagnia
teatrale dei “Miracle Players”, cinque attori venuti dai quattro angoli
del mondo (o c’è un doppione o il mondo non ha angoli) recitano l’opera di
Shakespeare “Giulio Cesare”. Era una tragedia quando l’ha scritta
Shakespeare ma è stata trasformata dagli intellettuali della compagnia in
commedia, anzi in un fumetto animato comico, scanzonato, ironico, come il
nuovo titolo, “Giulio Cesare, non (è) solo un’insalata”. (continua...)
I haven't got any comments to include on your website but
DID want to say that I think you're all fabulous, as do my 2 kids (8 and
11). We've seen the show 3 years running and hope to see many more!
I really enjoyed it and look forward to your next
This show was both fun and educational at the same time--a
rare feat! One of the highlights of our visit to Rome!
40 minutes of real fun!
Well-done! The show was indeed more than just a salad,
he..hee. This was our first time to see the play of Caesar in English and
in a real historical place. Even though we live in Rome we mostly choise
for a noisy evening. Our Children enjoyed your play very much, and what we
liked most was the atmosphere during the show, topping with good sense of
humour. We would be glad to see your next summer's show and would like to
see you all again. Best wishes. Peace and Love.
Maria C. and family
I thoroughly enjoyed "Caesar...." It was a lovely surprise
on my second night in Rome to sit in that incredible spot and watch your
entertaining show. What a fabulous idea! How did you come upon it? If I
may ask? I'm a big fan of classics and mythology and was in Rome as a
storyteller at the International Oral History Conference. And, as my
friend mentioned, that's what you were doing, so there was a nice
continuity in that. Much luck in the future, I'll look for you next time,
I am an old fan and do not miss any of your wonderful
performances. This time I brought with me an Italian neighbour/-friend and
a 14 year old girl from Belorussia. They both loved it and Natasha (Belorussia)
will be taking back with her lots of ideas for props which she will use at
school (her English is excellent) They loved the wit, humour, and
inventiveness and thought everyone gave a first-class performance.
"Caesar - more than just a salad" - a wonderfully funny and
original show - how clever to get many years of history into 40 minutes !
More people should know about this - if you are visiting Rome this is a
MUST SEE ! Please please continue with the good work !
The Crooke Family
I went to see the play again last night for the second
time, and I am pleased to say that you were splendid. In my opinion this
year's play is not quite as good as last year's - but you all perform very
well. I also admire the way you manage to overcome the problem of having
no traditional facilities. I do hope to see you again next year.
I have really enjoyed your performances, so I'll be most
happy if you keep me posted on your future activity. Sincerely,
The play was great. We really enjoyed ourselves... I
thought it was over too soon. Can't wait for next year's.
It takes a lot to make me laugh out loud, but I did, more
than twice at your show. You're all wonderful, fun, smart and
entertaining. The text, the performances and the magical backdrop
confirmed, once again, that I made the right choice to move to Rome.
Here's to your talent, your energy and your love of the performing arts.
I have a deep interest in the late roman republic, which I
consider to be the height of the roman expansion, unlike otherwise told.
It is a culmination of ancient Roman values struggling with too many
imported values... Your play, with the illustrated event of Caesar's life,
and the last days of the republic, is a pleasant souvenir of my second
visit to Rome. Well done and thanks again.
it was truly a wonderful show and added to my very
memorable and fantastic experience of Rome.
The show was hilarious. I've already recommended it to
several friends, both expats living here like myself and guests travelling
through. Thanks for putting so much care and effort into putting on a
Your performance on July 16, 2004 was exactly what 2
parents of 2 teens from California needed after a day of strolling through
ruins and old rocks. Your bit of history was much more enjoyable for our
kids to take than our mini-lessons. You made a great impression on our
daughter an aspiring actor as well. The directions on your web site were
perfect. Thank you and continued good-luck. -Randy P.
I enjoyed the show tremendously. I am an actress and do
similar type of theater as the Miracle Players, albeit, indoors, so I was
especially happy to be sitting on the church steps watching your very
talented, clever and funny group perform "Caesar". For those of us who do
not speak Italian, it was a pleasure to have some entertainment and
enlightenment in English. I am happy to be an honorary member and will
tell everyone I know who is going to visit Roma about you. Very truly
What a hilarious way to spend a Roman evening learning
about the history of the area. We've chuckled and laughed out loud at the
antics of the Miracle Players the past three summers. And, we've
encouraged our friends to go laugh as well. You cannot beat the
hilariously informative scripts, clever acting, creative sets, and the
backdrop of the Roman Forum. And, the bonuses are that the show is in
English and it's FREE!
Laudati sitis (may you be praised)! My compliments for a
wonderful show. Having translated 'De Bello Gallico' in Latin class, it
was very funny to watch your interpretation (although it would have been
nice to hear some of the Latin phrases instead of the English translation
=> 'alea iacta est' or 'et tu, Brute' for instance). The jokes were subtle
but very very funny. And even for non-native speakers (like myself) the
show was easy to understand because you all speak so clearly. Keep up the
good work, I hope to see a show of yours again somewhere!
Many, many thanks for the great show. It was one of the
highlights of our visit to Rome, and believe me, it was a very busy visit
- opera, outdoor musical events etc - but the evening above the Forum was
definitely one of the best. Thanks, and keep up the good work. Very best
This year is the third year that I've seen your show, which
means that I've laughed my head off for three years....but don't worry,
with the help of modern surgical techniques I'll be back again next year.
However, as a resident in Rome I really miss the opportunity to laugh my
head off during the winter months. I've found that the English speaking
theatre on offer is a bit heavy and serious, or lacking that element of
light hearted silliness that you do so well. So, if at all possible, could
something be arranged? In any case, thanks for being so entertaining. To
give you an idea of your value, I have a Scottish friend who said, at the
end of this year's show, " I would even pay for that!" Praise indeed.
Loved the show---and thought that the Miracle Players
uphold the fine traditions of Roman Street theatre with verve and a sense
of history. Cliff notes with jokes.
I really enjoyed your' performance in Rome. I hope to see
you again soon. Keep up the fun, beautiful work. Tanti Saluti
We feel very fortunate that we happened to be passing , saw
a crowd, and watched your play. Well done, informative and entertaining.
Credo che andrebbe molto bene se presentate delle serate pure in Italiano!
Auguri and best regards,
Tony C. and family.
My husband and I attended the performance of "Caesar - more
than just a salad" during a recent visit to Rome. We were totally
impressed with all of the actors and the text. What a delight! The lady
beside whom we sat had already attended the play twice this summer! Thanks
again for a great evening! We are so happy to be members of your
organization and consider it a distinct privilege! Sincerely,
I must tell you that I
was most impressed by the Caesar Salad. It had a very tangy dressing.
The script with it's playful humour and internal rhythm was excellent
and the cast, as usual, left me breathless with their energy and
My family and I thoroughly enjoyed
your production of "Caesar - more than just a salad". It turned out to
be one of the unexpected highlights of our trip to Rome this summer! We
particularly liked the witty script, excellent acting, and creative use
of props. The backdrop of the Forum ruins and Mamertine prison also
added to the atmosphere. Thanks for a great experience ... we will
definitely check you guys out on our next trip!!! Thx,
Dev D. & family
Again, I enjoyed the combination of historic facts, humor and the
greatest scenery possible - the Foro Romano. Also your acting was
excellent. This brings me to the most important question: do I have to
wait 'till Summer 05 or are you planning something for the Winter
Season? For now enjoy your well deserved holidays and thank you for a
great show! Ciao,
Thank you so much that was a wonderful performance that I
enjoyed so much that day. I am sure many people who were there enjoyed
it as well. It was precise and exact timing. Each of you knew your
parts very well and brought the best out for the people. Excellent
performance. I hope to see you all next summer again. You were all very
good about everything in your relationship with each other and with the
people who came to your show. You involved people in one way or the
other to feel part of your show. Thanks a lot and I will keep you in my
prayers so continue to entertain others in this service. May God bless
you all. Your audience,
...we loved it. The dialogue was witty, the direction was
well paced, and the acting was excellent. We also loved the props esp.
the chicken. The setting is, clearly, spendid, but we recognize that its
openness can, at times, present a challenge for the actors-all the more
praise. And ,you all seemed to be having fun. We hope to see you again
when we return to Rome. Bravi!
I couldn't write earlier because I fell down badly while
being chased by a dog on my visit to Pompei. And my hand was in a
plaster cast. Any way, the cast has been cast away and I'm finally free
to record my deepest admiration for your act at Roman Forum. You guys
were awesome. Your play was a heady cocktail of history and humour.
After watching it, I was in splits. At the same time i was filled with
the deepest regret that my beautiful wife wasn't there with me seeing
you guys perform. Although I live in Mumbai (India), I've been
travelling to Rome for every year for the last 3 yrs. Because I am
obsessed with Roman history. The characters of Caesar, Augustus, Nero,
Vespasian, Claudius, Titus, Domitian have fascinated me since childhood.
I'm willing to travel to any corner of the world, spend any amount of
money (that x Euro note in the bucket was mine!!!) to learn more about
Rome. That's why your play was absolutely fantastic to watch. Hope you
plan a show in India soon. Love,
We thank YOU! The Miracle Players are the most important
kind of artists to have as part of the cultural fabric of Rome--you
entertain, uplift and teach with each performance. We're spreading the
word here: Do as the Romans should do--see the Miracle Players!
P.S. I hope that white dove comes back for your next season.
I appreciated very much your performance and I am sure to
enjoy also the next ones.... See you soon
We wanted to thank you for a lovely evening watching your
play - when we came home to England we asked our children (aged 13, 11,
9 and 5) what thing out of their week in Rome they would most like to do
again, and the Caesar play was right at the top. It was a most enjoyable
evening and a real highlight in our holiday. Having just read a
wonderful book called 'Rubicon' on early Roman history it was
fascinating to see how much real history you had squeezed in! Many
We had the pleasure of seeing you perform during your 2nd
year. This year was without doubt a much more polished, professional
performance. Well done to you all! It was a great honour to be there
again this year. I particularly liked the horses!!!!! Keep in touch and
keep up the good work. Best wishes,
'Cesar' was the fifth performance we saw at Martina and
Lucca. It is no exaggeration to say that your plays always range among
the top highlights of our visits to Rome. So we are really looking
forward to seeing you again next year when we escape from rainy Germany.
We hope to see a 'new miracle player' then - the one who was in
preparation this August. We hope that baby and mother are well and
happy. See you in Rome!
Barbara D. & Bernd D.
I enjoyed the show very much. I knew most things about
Caesar - as I had to study him in school - but I thought the show was
entertaining and funny. I also liked the reference to present-day
politics. Plus, the "stage" was very beautiful. Well done and I look
forward to your next production next summer!
My wife my son and I went to see
your exhibition the day before the last day (for this year) and It was
a real surprise and we appreciate a lot your work. It was a nice and
humoristic way to treat serious matters. We are Italian, but even my
son that studied English only at the Italian school could understand
a great part of the text and however the sense of "Caesar more than
just a salad". I don't know if there is another example of English
speaking theatre in Rome apart your group, but we spent a really
wonderful hour laughing and improving our English. We talked about you
to our friends and we hope that you can perform other pieces in the
future always with more success. All the best,
Enrico Rossana and Giacomo R.
Thank you very much again for your delightful
performance. We even forgot the warm and humid "Roman" August. Best
regards from Cologne,
What can I say? You made our
children's (ages 8 and 9) visit to Rome perfect!! We grown ups loved
the performance too!! Our eldest said he learnt more about Julius
Caesar watching your play then he did covering the topic at school in
a whole term! Well done. Do you come and do school visits in
Hi, sorry for my English, but I'm Italian and don't
know very well this language. Your play was very beautiful, one of the
most interesting and enjoying that I ever see! I want to do to you
once again my compliments... I hope that you do other play in Rome.
My whole family
(including 2 dreadful teen-agers: you did Miracles with them!)
enjoyed it so much - we laughed a lot, learned a lot, and
refreshened notions buried in our brains. Thank you very very much!
A wonderful evening was had on the
steps in Rome, drinking wine and watching an interesting and
fascinating bunch of people mesmerise us with comical satire and pure
entertainment.. Cant wait to come back ;-) ... Thanks again
The show was an opportunity to review roman history
through the eyes of foreign people, and I had the strange feeling of
being stranger in my own town, listening an English spoken show. I
hope to see you again next year.
Barbara S. and Claudio B.
I enjoyed "Caesar is not just a salad" very much and I
am looking forward to seeing your next play.
One of my favorite highlights of my '04 trip was
walking down to the Forum to see "Caesar---It's Not Just a Salad." It
was a magical night and the most perfect way to end my first day in
Rome. Keep up the good work and keep 'em laughing. Molto grazie,