Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz
It seems easy to be supportive... #1Continue reading
How do they laugh in Africa? #2Continue reading
Simone, do you want to go to Mozambique? #3Continue reading
I am going to Mozambique! But to do what? #4Continue reading
The meetings #5Continue reading
Where do I start? #6Continue reading
Meeting withContinue reading
The first contacts with Mozambique #8Continue reading
Agenda first mission in Mozambique #9Continue reading
First mission: arrival in Maputo #1Continue reading
But where am I? #2Continue reading
Meeting with Alvim Cossa #3Continue reading
Teatro do Oprimido Show #4Continue reading
Meeting with the Machaka Association #5Continue reading
The Show by the Machaka Group #6Continue reading
Manuela Soeiro and the Avenida Theater #7Continue reading
Gonçalo Mabunda #8Continue reading
Meeting with the Luarte Association #9Continue reading
Luarte Show #10Continue reading
Maputo - Pemba Journey #11Continue reading
Vitor Raposo #12Continue reading
Pemba – Palma Trip #13Continue reading
Visit to the village of Quionga #14Continue reading
Visit to the village of Quirindi #15Continue reading
That wonderful beach! #16Continue reading
Visit to the village of Pundanhar #17Continue reading
The Mamãe Kit #18Continue reading
Visit to the hospital in Palma #19Continue reading
Return to Italy #20Continue reading
The project continues! #1Continue reading
How many meetings are we going to have?!? #2Continue reading
Agenda second mission in Mozambique #3Continue reading
Second mission in Mozambique, arrival at Pemba #4Continue reading
Felix Mambucho #5Continue reading
Performance Vitor Raposo and the Tambo Tambulani Tambo company #6Continue reading
Pemba – Palma Trip #7Continue reading
Performances at Palma, on with the casting! No, stop! #8Continue reading
Grupo do funzionarios #9Content Continue reading
Performances (and casting) in the village of Pundanhar #10Continue reading
Performances (and casting) in the village of Quionga #11Content Continue reading
Selecting the actors for the Italian stages #12Continue reading
Are you ready to come to Italy? #13Continue reading
The return to Italy and end of the second mission #14Continue reading
Preparing for the first training period at Alcatraz #1Continue reading
Arrival at the Libera Università di Alcatraz #2Continue reading
We begin! #3Continue reading
Mario Pirovano #4Continue reading
Acting with Mario Pirovano #5Continue reading
Arms going up on their own! #6Continue reading
A dive into the theatre #7Continue reading
Let’s tell a love story! #8Continue reading
Being an actor is hard work #9Continue reading
What days! #10Continue reading
O falso médico! #11Continue reading
We all go shopping! #12Continue reading
The performance takes shape #13Continue reading
We need an ultrasound! #14Continue reading
Rome has never been so beautiful! #15Continue reading
Second training session: the first day... #1Continue reading
The return of the Mozambicans #2Continue reading
A tragic day #3Continue reading
Memory tests with Mario Pirovano #4Continue reading
Rehearsals, rehearsals, rehearsals… and that script in 3 languages… #5Continue reading
First reading of the script in Swahili #6Continue reading
Just for a change, we rehearse... #7Continue reading
That damned video! #8Continue reading
In and around Perugia #9Continue reading
The last rehearsals #10Continue reading
Action! #11Continue reading
Changes to the show? Change the title?!? #1Continue reading
Confusion in Fatima’s House #2Continue reading
Preparation of the stage design #3Continue reading
Ready to go (again)? #1Continue reading
Arrival at Pemba #2Continue reading
At Palma under the palm trees (wet!) #3Continue reading
First day of the tour: Mute #4Continue reading
Second day of the tour: Pundanhar #5Continue reading
Third day of the tour: Quionga #6Continue reading
Fourth day of the tour: Palma #7Continue reading
Fifth day of the tour: Olumbe #8Continue reading
Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much! #9Continue reading
After working for weeks to prepare the documents they need to leave Mozambique and enter Italy, and preparing all the logistics needed for their stay, the moment has finally come!
I’m at Fiumicino Rome airport, Terminal 1, and in a few minutes the “Theatre is good for you” company, composed of 5 amateur actors from the District of Palma and two professional actors from Maputo, will appear behind the sliding doors. During the journey they were accompanied by Iacopo and the rest of the video troupe, Paolo and Daniele. Maybe I didn’t need to come to Rome but I don’t want to miss their faces, their reactions to their first impact with Italy.
There they are!
Arlete, Safina, Ana Bela, Felix, Adelino (junior), Adelino (senior) and professor Agostinho, impeccably dressed in a jacket, shirt and tie.
I’ll leave you for a few minutes, I want to welcome them one by one…
“Ahora” (already speaking Portuguese) we’re on the bus. I see them smile at me and at themselves, see them watching the view as it slides past the windows, and then see them fall into a deep sleep.
They are all sleeping, the only words we managed to exchange were that they are fine and that they are exhausted.
Their journey began days ago, almost a week, first from Palma to Pemba, then from Pemba to Maputo for the visas, and then from Maputo to Italy. I think they feel as we did the first time we arrived at Mozambique: you create an idea and then you find that the reality is completely different; an adventure begins that seems to be a film in parts.
We wake them at Casa del Diavolo in Umbria, I tell them they need at least 24 hours to get rid of the tiredness of the journey, to relax. They are as polite as ever and also very formal, but I can see they are tired.
We eat and then rest (even if the person writing this got up at 5.30, nothing in comparison to them but it was 5.30 just the same, according to some it’s a violation of human rights…).
A long chat with Jacopo Fo before dinner, now we are all here, Italians, Mozambicans and all those involved in the project who didn’t have the chance to go to Mozambique personally. They want us to tell them about the project again, they ask questions, we laugh, Jacopo tells us about the outline of some of his theatre plots and other short traditional stories, we clarify what the objectives of the training period would be.
What will we be eating?
Black Venus rice with prawns and rocket, chicken kebabs with courgettes, fruit salad, vegetables and cheese, aubergines au gratin, raw vegetables, shortcrust pastry packets filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, and zuppa inglese. I thought that food might have been a problem…but after seeing the empty plates, I’m sure it won’t!