2017 Edition

from 2017 with love

from 2017 with love

The last edition of the Festival has taken place the 1st of April 2017, produced by It’s Time Produzioni Srls with  the patronage of Milano’s Municipality, in collaboration with the ViviSarpi Association and in partnership with London’s Finborough Theatre 

small, explosive hub

the Finborough in London

We are happy to announce that this year, thanks to our partnership with the Finborough,  we have presented   two cutting edge’s new plays that tackle main issues of our present:   Dubailand by Carmen Nasr (winner of the Channel 4 Playwriting Scheme 2016), and  PyongYang by In-Sook Chappell (previously winner of the Verity Bargate Award). Both playwrights attended the Festival to meet our public, together with the two actors Christopher Lew Kum Hoi and Anna Brophy and with the  director Marco Ghelardi.

Festival’s facts: about 200 students has joined the Festival, coming from 16 different high school and theatre schools from Italy. They wre all part of an acting national project called Teens (more info here). The Festival has activated since one year more than 20 different apprenticeship programs  with high schools from Lombardia’s region with the aim of scouting the best writing talents and nourish them. The  students attending this year our  apprenticeship program  come from the various cities: Milano, Varese, Como, Meda, Cremona, Desio and  Pavia.  Students have worked on the most interesting  articles from  

Economist's stories

Economist’s stories

The Economist’s Christmas Special Editions 2015-2016 (left). As a matter of fact, the apprenticeship program works on different aspects: English language, the discover of a rigorous journalism with a worldwide view and a think forward approach, the strengthening of the narrative writing skills  among the selected students and the redaction of a short new play inspired by The Economist article, presented during  the Festival (to know more about our apprenticeship program and the connected Playwriting Scheme please visit here).

This year we are also proud to have initiated an innovative project called LARP (Live Action Role Playing),  a live  game mixing history, democracy and theater: a strong narration  crossed the Festival, set in a dystopian world were unknown People were cracking down on democracy an playwriting , set in the past (Elisabethean London) and in the present too.

LARP's adventure in Sempione Park

LARP’s adventure in Sempione Park

One of  the most significant  attacks perpetrated  was against one of the most prolific place and time in the history of theatre: the Elizabethan London, at the end of the XVI century.

Allied with Puritans, they managed to ban all the dialogued theatre, imposing only pre-authorized monologues and nipping in the bug the playwrights explosion that has generated Shakespeare and his fellows. This created terrible consequences, affecting new writing in theater in our present too.  Thanks to an avatar character called Verity, a smart teenagers  attending an apprenticeship program in  London, a leak of this obscure project came out, and with her collaboration our students sorted this mess out.