Southend Fringe Festival

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Diary Of An Expat

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ BROADWAY WORLD

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ THEATRE WEEKLY  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LONDON THEATRE 1  

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️  YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

Faced with an uncertain future, an expat shares a decade of living in the hinterland between being British and Italian.

DIARY OF AN EXPAT is a solo show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.
Faced with the possibility of having to leave her home of ten years, Cecilia Gragnani is sharing her personal experience and testimonials of others to ask: what does it feel like to be an expat? A comic story of the encounter between a modern migrant and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans – Diary of an Expat looks at the road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the knocks your identity takes when no country claims you as their own. From amusing miscommunications to bewildering legal technicalities, Cecilia delves into the day-to-day of living in a country that can’t pronounce your surname.

Supported by the Arts Council UK.

TOUR DATES 2019

27th March, 7.30pm – ELECTRIC THEATRE, Guildford
https://electric.theatre/shows/paper-smokers-diary-expat/?spektrix_bounce=true

2nd – 5th April, 7.30pm – ALPHABETTI THEATRE, Newcastle
https://www.alphabettitheatre.co.uk/whats-on-menu/coming-up/17-whats-on-articles/424-diary-of-an-expat

24th – 27th April, 7.45pm – TRISTAN BATES THEATRE, London
https://www.tristanbatestheatre.co.uk/whats-on/diary-of-an-expat

11th – 12th May, 4.30pm – RIALTO THEATRE, Brighton Fringe
https://www.brightonfringe.org/whats-on/diary-of-an-expat-126914/

14th June, 7.30 pm – ST MICHAELS CHURCH Poole Road, Bournemouth

15th – 16th June, 7.30pm – THE CELLAR THEATRE, Sheffield

21th June, 7.30pm – PHOENIX, Exeter

8th – 9th July, 7.30pm KINGS ARMS, Greater Manchester Fringe

REVIEWS

Best Fringe Shows for Brexit Satire. If we can’t make Britain great again, we can at least make it funny.
THE SCOTSMAN

Expressive and genuinely hilarious. Gragnani keeps the energy and comedy flowing in clockwork pace, building a strong and stable satire that feels relevant and resonant in the current political climate.
BROADWAY WORLD

Comical and touching at the same time, Diary of an Expat is an entertaining piece for British citizens, expats, and everyone in between.
YOUNG PERSPECTIVE

The humour that comes along with Diary of an Expat is both surprising and welcome, it’s a very natural kind of funny that doesn’t feel forced or overly contrived. This is one of those rare productions that makes you think long and hard about a subject, without even realising it’s had that affect on you.
THEATRE WEEKLY

Her own performance is most definitely the stand out though, she has perfect comedy timing.
NUMBER 9 REVIEWS

A heartfelt and poignant production.
LONDON THEATRE 1

It’s a show that puts a human face on the consequences of Brexit, and needs to tour. THEATERSTUCK

When a show arouses this kind of empathy it not only proves its worth, but the worth of theatre as a medium, a medium that allows people to connect with their most honest selves, and reminds us that, when it comes to feelings, we all come from the same place.  ANNA

Diary of an Expat will hit home for anyone who has ever picked up and moved to another country and had to navigate a new culture. So funny, so true, so heartbreaking. KATHERINE

Katharina Reinthaller and Cecilia Gragnani have created something beautiful and arresting with Diary of an Expat. EMMA

A well crafted and superbly acted piece. Clever, thought provoking, funny and touching. MELINDA

PAST DATES

28th June, 7.15 pm- From the Forest Festival, EDFRINGE PREVIEW
http://www.ftffestival.com/tickets/expat/

5th July, 7.15pm – Buxton Fringe, EDFRINGE PREVIEW
http://2018.underthefringe.com/shows/diary-of-an-expat

28th July, 9pm – The Drayton Arms, EDFRINGE PREVIEW
https://thedraytonarmstheatre.co.uk/diary-of-an-expat

2nd – 26th August, 1pm – Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Laugh)
http://www.underbellyedinburgh.co.uk/whats-on/diary-of-an-expat

Twitter: @Paper_Smokers.  Facebook: Paper Smokers

PROJECT DETAILS
  • WRITERS: CECILIA GRAGNANI, JVAN SICA & LOREDANA DE MICHELIS
  • DIRECTOR & DRAMATURG: KATHARINA REINTHALLER
  • PERFORMER: CECILIA GRAGNANI
  • SPECIAL GUEST: STEVE WICKENDEN