This is a rom-com with a twist. It aims to have fun with the idea of what it would be like to have a well-meaning dictator make everything come right.

Plot outline:

  • GG goes thorough a painful break-up. She is upset that her partner did not keep his
    promise of eternal love.
  • On a research trip to Cuba she becomes inspired by the story of the Cuban revolution
    and the character of Fidel Castro – in particular that he kept his promise that he would
    never give up on the revolution.
  • When back in the UK, GG becomes inspired to write Fidel the Musical. Fidel Castro
    appears as a fantasy boyfriend and causes havoc when he aims to put all the problems
    he comes across right – Castro style. He also contributes to the writing of the musical,
    the casting and directing. His help is not always appreciated!

Fidel is used as a mouthpiece to highlight some alternative views of how we can address the issues that face us.

There are numerous themes that Fidel can address, but the aim was to seek public input by means of a Facebook page on what most concerns people today. Then these were be integrated (amusingly, but with serious message) into the script.

Click here for an overview of the project and script outline

The script is now complete and the outline pitch is below:

Fidel Castro: My New Boyfriend

By Denise Baden

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past Fidel Castro

GG is on the market again, but the market isn’t like it used to be, and neither is she. Looking for love in the 21stCentury is a different game.

Time for a time-out. A Caribbean sojourn to relax re-arm and re-assess. But when your island retreat is Cuba, birthplace of revolutionary communism, you are apt to come back with more than a tan and a souvenir shot glass.

Back to reality, GG finds she has a new ally in the war on life. He might be an imaginary, bearded socialist icon (deceased) but still, she needs all the help she can get.

A man of action, even in death, must not reserve his seductions and seditions to one woman alone. And GG is curious to see what ripples result from dropping her hot political firebrand into the tepid pond of democratic apathy, and into the fresh produce aisle at Waitrose.

Captured by his story and swayed by his persuasive rhetoric, GG is compelled to build a monument to her guerrilla muse, his loves and his cause. An all-singing, all-dancing monument that will wake the sleeping consciousness of the capitalist bourgeoisie and release like doves the captured souls of the proletariat.

As she builds her monument, GG takes on the past with the future. Her own and that of the wider world. The struggle is real, Comrade. The struggle is real.

A revolution is not a bed of roses Fidel Castro


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