Belvoir presents Looking For Alibrandi

Kabuku Public Relations | 9-Sep-2022
Three generations of women. The Italian-Australian experience. A tale of Sydney. A much-loved modern classic novel, a ground-breaking film, and now on stage at Belvoir, a simply great night out.
Venue: Belvoir St Theatre
Address: 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Date: 1 October - 6 November 2022
Time: Weekly - Tuesday 6:30pm (except 4 October at 7:30pm) Wednesday 6:30pm, Thursday 1pm & 7:30pm, Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2pm & 7:30pm, Sunday 5pm (except 2 October at 6:30pm, 6 November at 2pm)
Ticket: From $35 - $91
Buy / Ticket: https://my.belvoir.com.au/overview/11430
Web: https://belvoir.com.au/productions/looking-for-alibrandi/
EMail: mail@belvoir.com.au
Call: 02 9699 3444
Belvoir presents Looking For Alibrandi
Looking For Alibrandi
Three generations of women. The Italian-Australian experience. A tale of Sydney. A much-loved modern classic novel, a ground-breaking film, and now on stage at Belvoir, a simply great night out.

Melina Marchetta’s beloved novel of migration is brought to the stage for the first time ever, in a co-presentation by Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir St Theatre, opening at Belvoir its Sydney premiere season from 1st October to 6th November.

It’s the last year of school, and 17-year-old Josephine Alibrandi can’t wait for her future to begin. If only she can get past the world of her Nonna, holding on to the values of the old country; and the world of her Mum, full of care and secrets. It’s time to take her place in the real world, beyond her family, beyond being an Alibrandi.

But this is the year Josie gets to know her father. This is the year she falls in love. And this is the year she uncovers the truth – and finds the Alibrandi she has been searching for.

Starring Chanella Macri (Malthouse Theatre’s Australian Realness), Jennifer Vuletic (Foxtel’s Wentworth) and Lucia Mastrantone (The Cherry Orchard) as the Alibrandi women, with John Marc Desengano (Elbow Room’s Enlightenment), Ashley Lyons (Channel 7’s Home and Away) and Hannah Monson (ABC TV’s Glitch). Looking for Alibrandi is brought to life on stage by acclaimed director Stephen Nicolazzo (Malthouse Theatre’s Merciless Gods, Loaded) with adaptation by the talented Vidya Ryan (SBS TV’s The Feed).

Eamon Flack, Belvoir Artistic Director, said: “We’re really excited to see how this classic of first- and second-generation Italian migration plays now. It has a bit of everything – teen romance, coming-of-age, tragi-comedy in a very Australian vein. Also, it’s wonderful to have Stephen Nicolazzo directing for the Belvoir stage – he’ll bring a very Alibrandi flair.”

Stephen Nicolazzo, Director, Looking for Alibrandi, said, “This story has always compelled me because it spoke so directly to the conflict I experienced, socially and internally. I was scared to embrace my identity for fear of not being able to access an Anglo-centric world. Josie was the first character I had ever read or seen on screen that understood what it was like. She made me proud to be a wog and I will thank Melina [Marchetta] for creating her every single day.”

The much-loved story that defined a generation, which spoke truth to the trials of migration and systemic racism in Australia, is now taken from the page to the Belvoir stage in its home city, in this unmissable rendering of a classic Sydney story.

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