Rome has never been so beautiful!
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
Simone, why are you crying? You should be happy…
I feel a bit alone. You know, after 15 days of lunches and dinners with 18 people, there’s nobody here now. Arlete, Felix, Ana Bela, Adelino, Safina, Adelino (junior) and Agostinho have all left.
But Felix left you that gift, he whispered “Muy obrigado por todo” to you, only you heard, you wanted to hear it, didn’t you? We deserved it!
I think so, I gave my all. They asked me to talk about my life and I did, I didn’t tell a single lie, it wasn’t worth it, I wanted to see the reaction in their eyes.
Whenever there was a spare moment I helped Safina read the performance script. We read it at least 20 times, but with all the rehearsals, let’s say 100 times!
And the last rehearsal?
Spectacular! The first part, rehearsed over and over again, was as smooth as silk, making the small audience laugh. The second part, which we rehearsed only once, but read over a couple of times, had a few hitches but reached its end. The magic of Alcatraz repeated itself. 11 Italians and 7 Mozambicans who managed to create a theatre performance, living a type of film made of chatter, discussions (at times relaxing, at other times becoming lively), dramatic turns of event, stories, sharing, ideas, everything, for 15 days. There was everything! We comforted each other, helped each other, we even got pissed off with each other, without considering for one second the different colours of our skins, our different religions, our different cultures. Some people call it “integration”!
You mentioned Arlete first of all, you like her, don’t you?
I think you’ll agree with me that today, in the whole of St. Peter’s square in Rome, she was the most fascinating person. The way she moved, looking all around her.
Ah! You won’t say this to me, but you melted when she took your arm and asked you who lived in the buildings facing St. Peter’s Square.
In the end, I didn’t even answer! I gave her some information taken from The Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons, which one is set in Rome?
You even spoke well of Pope Francis!
I improvised, after this intense, extremely intense, theatre training session and it came out well! The story of showers for the homeless and barbers requested by Pope Frances is true! And she liked it, too!
Going back to Rome was wonderful!
Their comments, their questions, helped me rediscover the city.
Rome, you have never been so beautiful!
(The curtain falls)