The Way Home Musical

by Eleonora Gioel Giovannardi in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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On 13th May 2022 we successfully raised £800 ( + est. £80.00 Gift Aid ) with 23 supporters in 69 days

A unique community project which aims to stage a new musical created by the British-Italian community in London.

by Eleonora Gioel Giovannardi in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Help us funding for this unique Community Project, the very first Musical of Italians in London, exploring themes of identity, multiculturalism and community. 

Project description

An artistic and linguistic community project, ‘Il Musical degli Italiani a Londra’ aims to stage a new musical created by the British-Italian community in London. It explores themes of identity, multiculturalism and, indeed, the very concept of community.

It is a bilingual musical, in English and Italian, aimed at the diverse British audience in London, from children and young people to parents and grandparents. Although its audience will mainly involve families from the British-Italian community, this Musical has the potential to reach whoever is passionate about musical theatre since our cast include professional actors, singers and musicians. Furthermore, the themes of the Musical will ensure that this story speaks to different generations and not only to those coming from an Italian background. Finally, the extensive use of the Italian language and references to Italian culture within the show will also attract students of Italian, who will have the opportunity to test and improve their listening and understanding skills.

Ultimately, we will welcome all non-Italian speakers to the audience who are fascinated by Italian culture and the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique theatrical experience.

Creating the Story of the Musical

The first stage of the project started in May 2021. It involved a series of 21 bilingual workshops at the SIAL school (Holland Park). About 45 children / teenagers ranging from 9 to 21 years of age took part in the workshops. They contributed to the creation of ideas for the story of the Musical, through a variety of activities: free writing; devising; tableaux; dramatic and musical improvisation. The activities took place both individually and in groups, most of the time in Italian. Drama and creative writing activities were led by Anna Landi, drama and creative writing tutor. Luke Saydon, music tutor and lyricist /composer guided the participants through the creation of musical ideas, which completed the story and the characters. In addition to the workshops with children / teenagers, two online workshops were organized for Italian parents and grandparents to gather ideas and inspiration for the story. This initial stage has been followed by a period in which the tutors developed all material generated and wrote a script and a score ready for the autumn 2021.

Castings and rehearsals

All participants in our workshops were invited to perform in the Musical. At the same time, at the end of October 2021, we launched a community performance call to give the British-Italian community of London the opportunity to be part of the artistic ensemble. The cast, which will be joined by arts professionals, will perform on a London stage in a large-scale production. The ensemble cast is formed by 30 kids from 9 years old till 18 years old and 20 adults. Our eldest community performer is a 70 year-old Italian grandfather who moved to London to follow his daughter and enjoy life with his grandchildren… he even attends an English language course! Finally, a rehearsal period started in February 2022 leading to the performance in the summer of 2022, in which industry professionals and a cast of members of the British-Italian community will take to the stage of a major London theater together. The rehearsals for members of the community will be held at SIAL School (154 Holland Park Avenue - W11 4HU) on: February 27; 27 March; April 24; 8-22 May; 12-19-26 June; July 3-10.

The performance

The performance is scheduled for the 16th July 2022 at the Britten Theatre, within the Royal College of Music (SW7 2BS). ‘The Britten Theatre’s simple elegance, responsive acoustics and intimate tiered auditorium is the perfect space for opera, music, theatre and ballet performances. One of London’s best-kept secrets, the theatre was designed by Sir Hugh Casson and is named after Benjamin Britten, a former student of the RCM in an Italian opera theatre with a proscenium arch, orchestra pit and counterweight flying system.’

Our Partners

This project is supported by: the Italian Consulate in London, Comites, the SIAL.school, The Italian BookShop, the Italian cultural Institute and Complitaly.

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Receive for free our special and unique T-Shirt !

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A Special 10% discount at The Italian Book Shop https://www.italianbookshop.co.uk/

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The possibility to attend our Technical Rehearsal on the 15th of July at the Britten Theatre

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