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Jurassica

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Jurassica is a story of family, migration, language and growing old. It is a heart-warming tale, told with humour and pathos and spoken in both English and Italian. It’s also about dinosaurs - but not necessarily those from pre-historic times.

Ralph and Sara migrated from Tuscany in the 1950s to their concrete-front-yard house in suburban Moorabbin. Their son, Ichlis, never really forgave them for his misunderstood name, and grandson Luca is struggling to talk to his father or grandfather. Until one night Ralph is rushed to hospital and, through an unlikely connection with Kaja, an interpreter who herself fled wartorn Belgrade, Luca learns to reconnect.

Developed during his time as Resident Writer at Red Stitch, with Dramaturge Gary Abrahams, Dan Giovannoni’s magical new play, Jurassica, weaves the past and present together, exploring what it is to migrate, to be displaced and to spend the rest of your life searching for home. Most of all, this is a play about the importance of family and about mending fences before you grow too old.

"Maybe really is dinosauro in a cupboard, you never bloody look inside, how you know?" Ralph - Jurassica. 

Date

Friday 14 September, 11am | Friday 14 September, 8pm

Venue

Kingston Arts Centre, Moorabbin

Duration

120 minutes (including interval)

Seating

Allocated

Cost

FULL $45 | CONC $40 | GROUP 6+ $35 | STUDENTS $25 (One teacher per 25 students FREE)

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“Jurassica has been patiently crafted, like Nonna’s perfect slow-cooked pork” – The Age

“Jurassica was my first taste of what this company can produce and it blew me away”Theatre Review 

“Impressive cast in this family saga” – Theatre Press

“At the heart of being a true Italian is undoubtedly family, and the exploration into this 21st century Italian family had me in fits of laughter because of how accurate the scenarios were.... If you have quite a close affiliation with the Italian culture, you are Italian, or even if you’re not, this show is an absolute must-see. It will leave you feeling warm inside and reflect on what truly matters in life.” – Theatre Review 

WINNER: Best New Australian Work 2015 – Green Room Awards (Victoria)

NOMINATED: BEST PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTION, BEST SOUND DESIGN  – Green Room Awards (Victoria)

 

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