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Terra matta in Sydney: 17-19 Dec 2015

UnknownAlready a best-selling book published by Einaudi and an acclaimed film with script by Chiara Ottaviano and the director Costanza Quatriglio, Terra matta, the autobiography of a Sicilian autodidact, Vincenzo Rabito, will be presented in a version for the stage by Vincenzo Pirrotta and the Teatro Stabile di Catania at the Italian Forum Cultural Centre, 23 Norton Street, Leichhardt, NSW, on 17-19 December 2015 (times and booking here). The extraordinary story of Terra matta is the topic of a special issue of the Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Vincenzo Rabito’s youngest son, Giovanni, has described its origins and compared it with the second, unpublished, version of his life that his father also spent his retirement writing.

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‘A different telling’: voice, dream, theatre

Whyte_MUSEOYou are cordially invited to a reading from A Different Telling, a one-act play by Leisa Whyte, with local actors Sebastian Bertoli and Georgia Whyte, live music by Alison Davey, at Museo Italiano, 199 Faraday Street, Carlton on Tuesday 1 September, 6.30pm (free event but booking essential). About the play: as we grow older, many of us have a desire to know more about our heritage: it helps us define who we are and to make sense of the way we interact with others. Mia, a young university student is deliberating how to tackle her latest assignment on identity. Thinking and questioning out loud, she realises that the voice answering from behind the local bar where she is ‘studying’ is actually that of her great-great-grandfather, Giacomo Rossi, a 19th century Italian immigrant. Initially thinking she must be dreaming, Mia plays along with her imagination, only to find the ‘voice’ is starting to reveal a story she has never known about her ancestors and their journey to a new life in Australia. As the play develops, Giacomo becomes so real to Mia she can almost reach out and touch him: she feels his pain as he talks of the tragedies that befell his family and their resilience despite it all. She is beginning to piece together her story, character by character: to understand more fully her own identity. Or has it, in fact, been just a dream… Continue reading

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POSTPONED – An Australian Future in Italian: The Gully by David Mence

La MamaPOSTPONED: Presented for the first time in Italian translation on 8 August at 2.00 pm at La Mama Courthouse in Carlton will be The Gully by Australian playwright David Mence, translated into Italian by Angela Tarantini (Monash University) and directed by Laurence Strangio. The Gully (La Gola) is set in Australia in 2109. Catastrophic environmental collapse has rendered the continent a parched wasteland. Civilisation has all but dried up. Marauding bands of ‘crows’ roam the wastes making life nasty, brutish and short. Yet in an old stone hut, hidden in a ravine, three men eke out an existence. They have stumbled onto a miracle: a freshwater creek. It is a secret that they will kill to preserve. We’d say welcome to the Gully, but the truth is you’re not welcome: no one is. Book online or by calling La Mama (03 93476142).

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An International Network of Italian Theatre for scholars and practitioners

INIT-REVISITED-e1417113541406A group of Italian theatre scholars has just launched the International Network of Italian Theatre (INIT), aimed at promoting Italian theatre worldwide and creating a platform for cooperation among theatre scholars and practitioners. Members will have the opportunity to use a dedicated webpage where they will be able to publicise initiatives, news and publications related to Italian theatre. INIT aims to reach both academic and non-academic audiences through workshops, conferences and panels, shows, debates and recitals. The organisers, based at the universities of Warwick and Glasgow, invite all those who would like to join the INIT platform (free), signal their interest or receive further information to send an email here with their name, affiliation and email address.

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