For the second year running Junior and Senior Italian Honours students of the University of Glasgow are putting on a play in Italian! After the huge success of last year’s production of Pirandello’s Così è se vi pare, in February 2014 they will perform Machiavelli’s 1526 satirical play La Mandragola, directed by Carlo Pirozzi and Jessica Philippi.
The project has been created by Carlo Pirozzi (University of St Andrews) who has edited Machiavelli’s La Mandragola to make it more accessible to students who are not professional actors. The main objective of this project is a linguistic one: it represents a unique experience for the students to practise and greatly improve their knowledge of Italian by rehearsing and acting entirely in Italian. Last year the students who took part in the production of Pirandello’s play recognised that their level of Italian language had improved much more and more quickly than through any other type of class exercise. Moreover, being involved in a theatre production means that students can learn a variety of theatrical skills which involve not only acting but set, light and costume design. The production involves also musicians and singers, so it is very much interdisciplinary.
The project is organised by Donatella Fischer, lecturer in Italian at the University of Glasgow, and actively involved in establishing the play project as a way to enhance the students’ learning experience at the University by providing them with an extra-curriculum activity which enriches their knowledge of both Italian language and culture. Beyond this, the play project encourages team work; it forms lasting bonds; and it gives students strong self-confidence. But, importantly, it is also great fun!
Although La Mandragola is partly sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute in Edinburgh and by the School of Modern Languages and Cultures of the University of Glasgow, the available funding is very limited indeed. For this reason, we are asking you to consider making a contribution towards the Italian play project. Students will greatly appreciate your generous support as being able to carry out this project will contribute to their career and personal development. Together we can equip them better for the future!
All funds raised will go towards venue hire, costumes and lighting and other running costs.
The performance will be on Saturday 22 February 2014 in the GU Theatre at the University of Glasgow.
Come and watch with us a play about scheming, betrayal, power, and cunning…yes, the end justifies the means!
We hope to see as many of you there as possible.
Directors: Carlo Pirozzi and Jessica Philippi
Drama Coach: Consuelo Tersol
Project manager: Caitriona Cassidy
Costumes and Make up: Kelly Mahon
Language coaches: Arabella Infantino, Consuelo Tersol, Donatella Fischer
Fundraisers: Lauren Jordan, Rachel Green and Charlotte Almond
SMLC Organiser: Donatella Fischer
Callimaco: Martha Jackson-Eade and William Monk
Nicia: Chris McKenna
Ligurio: Johanna Uski
Sostrata: Anna-Lena Lorenz
Lucrezia: Louise MacTaggart
Fra Timoteo: Caitriona Cassidy
Siro: Emma Smith
Le Donne: Rebecca Wylie and Katarzyna Papierska