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
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
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.
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.