The Return, the English premiere of the award winning play Il Ritorno, by Sergio Pierattini, sold out at the Etcetera Theatre, during the 2012 Camden Fringe Festival.
Since the first presentations back in March, our show has grown into a visually engaging, character driven performance, with a strong direction and a completely original flavour.
The Return has now projections in between scenes showing a slideshow illustrating each character’s life and shots of Bergamo and the surrounding areas. Contemporary Italian pop songs are playing during the projections.
We also have dropboxes with rubbish being dropped on the characters… Fragments of a destroyed life.
We were literally blown away with the positive comments we received. What the audience seemed to have appreciated the most is our new approach to translation. The text we created, thanks to months of collaboration between an English translator and a cast of bilingual actors, has really managed to convey the energy, flavour and style of the Italian original whilst resulting totally acceptable and clear to a British audience.
The most common feedback we had was “I thought I was watching a play in Italian. But I could understand everything because… it was actually in English!”
Here are some of the comments and reviews we received:
CENTRAL TO THIS ELEGANT AND MINIMALIST PLAY IS THE FAILURE OF A MARRIAGE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE COMING FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES… (…) THE PLAYWRIGHT FOCUSES ON THE MORBID RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN MEMBERS OF A FAMILY FROM THE “DEEP NORTH” OF ITALY… THEY CAN’T ACCEPT TO HAVE BEEN SO HEAVILY SCARRED BY THE DEATH OF SOMEBODY WHO IS SUPPOSED TO BE ONE OF OUR SOCIETY’S WEAKEST LINKS: AN IMMIGRANT…. A QUESTION HOVERS IN THE AIR: HAVE THEY BECOME LIKE THIS AFTER THE MURDER? OR WAS THE MURDER THE DIRECT CONSEQUENCE OF A RACISM HIDDEN AT THE CORE OF ITALIAN SOCIETY?
BEAUTIFULLY ACTED BY A CAST OF BILINGUAL ITALIAN ACTORS, THIS IS COMPELLING THEATRE. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
…The play addresses issues of regret, blame, love and the dysfunction of family relationships as they deal with the fallout of the tragedy….
This show is performed by four fantastic actors whose performance was authentic and powerful. Their characters felt natural and their interactions were dynamic and realistic – I really felt like I was a fly on their kitchen wall.
The play had a clever way of revealing the details of the criminal act slowly so that the audience must wait to almost the end to understand what happened and why. This increases the tension and suspense and keeps a greater focus on the family relationships.
A unique, interesting and enjoyable drama.
(Cathy Petrakis, Remotegoat, 4 star review)
And now we’re moving on…
We’d like to produce a three week run of The Return followed by a tour. We’re in talks to several venues both in the UK and abroad to make this happen.
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