Thank you Mozambique, thank you so much!
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
Now I can say it: it was a miracle, it was crazy, who would ever have believed it ?!?
5 performances and all of them went well, always with a few hundred people in the audience, lots of women, and oh, how many children!
No mishaps, no problems with the people of the villages, actually we made them laugh, enjoy themselves and I also think reflect.
We are all happily exhausted!!!
When they asked me, at this point more than a year ago, if I wanted to go to Mozambique “to do health theatre” I had a million doubts, no a million and a half: us?!? Mozambique?!? And where exactly is Mozambique ???
Now I think that only we could have done everything, created the miracle…We gave it our all, white and black, passion and heart, so much passion and so much heart! And courage. The courage to embark on a performance that was different from the normal ones usually presented to Mozambican villages.
For a moment, before the tour, soaked by unending rain and discouraged by unexpected occurrences, we even thought about giving up, going back home, postponing everything. Instead we remained, the rain passed, the unexpected problems were solved (one by one) and six days ago we could finally say “Raise the curtain!”
From there, also thanks to adrenaline, we were a river in full flow! Arlete went on stage with a sore ear. Ana Bela went on stage after feeling car sick, Adelino Kedo went on stage when “he felt” malaria coming on.
Being the last episode in this extremely long travel log, I have to sum the project up…an extremely difficult thing to do!
Let’s start from the beginning: the idea of creating a “health” theatre performance to inform the populations in the villages of northern Mozambique arose from a need: to promote the Palma hospital, the village health centres and above all help a category of people that is greatly at risk because of the scarce hygiene and illness: pregnant women and newborn babies.
Malaria, for example, is dangerous, lethal, above all for newborn babies because their immune system is still weak, and the same is true also for the old people. They must therefore be protected. The story is the same for infections, bacteria…
How to present prevention and information in a new manner, in a way that’s captivating, interesting and enjoyable too? With the theatre, comedy in particular.
From analysing needs and elaborating a possible answer, a travelling theatre show, we moved on to selecting the actors.
Thanks to the support of Eni Foundation and Doctors with Africa CUAMM, busy with managing the Palma hospital and training doctors and nurses, we came into contact with almost all the cultural groups in the area, Palma and the surrounding villages (Pundanhar, Quionga, Mute, Olumbi).
We saw about a hundred young girls and boys, amateur actors, who proposed various types of show and performance, all however very educational, but no comedy stories.
We chose five from those hundred, Ana Bela, Safina, Adelino known as Cuba, Adelino Mr. Kedo, Agostinho plus another two people from Maputo, Felix and Arlete.
Selection of the actors and then training.
The 7 people came to Alcatraz in Italy for two theatre training sessions with Jacopo Fo and Mario Pirovano. During the sessions we wrote the script, prepared the scenes, rehearsed many times. “The false doctor” was created, a title that could be misunderstood and which was changed to “Confusion in Fatima’s house”. It’s a love story with different comical scenes, a pair of wrong injections, a doctor who isn’t really a doctor, two couples in love. In the end, one of the actresses continues the story of Amina, the main character in the story, by reading some health messages, a type of “storyteller”. Amina find out she’s pregnant and does a series of things for her own health and that of her baby.
After the training sessions, the group from Mozambique continued rehearsing at home, while in Italy we prepared the scenery and all the material necessary for presenting the performance.
Requirement analysis, project creation, artist selection, training, operative phase.
The operative phase was a tour of 5 performances that totalised 3,500/4,000 spectators.
Spectators who laughed, enjoyed themselves, remained sitting from start to finish, which in Africa seems to be the top level of appreciation of a theatre performance, no applause.
When the performance in Quionga ended, a woman took the microphone and said that it was all lovely but the health centre in their village was too small and there was only one nurse.
A point that shows that the message arrived, oh how it arrived.
If tomorrow even only one woman in each village decides to go to the Health centre and, with lots of patience, lets herself be examined, we will have changed the world (a little!).
And I’ve been wanting to say this for days: “Thanks Mozambique, thank you so much. Lower the curtain!”