JURASSICA

by Dan Giovannoni

A Red Stitch Theatre & Critical Stages Production

Previous Season:  Red Stitch Theatre
 Genre:  Drama
 Duration:  120 minutes
 Suits: Proscenium Arch, Thrust, Black Box, Studio          
 Minimum Stage:  6m (width) x 4m (depth) x 5m (ht)
 Touring:  2018

Written by: Dan Giovannoni  Directed By: Bridget Balodis

Dramaturg - Gary Abrahams  Assistant Director - Olivia Monticciolo

Set & Costume Designer - Romanie Harper Lighting Designer - Amelia Lever-Davidson

Composer & Sound Designer - Ian Moorhead

Jurassica is a story about family, growing old and spending your life searching for home. This is a wondefully original multi-generational migrant story told with humour and pathos in English and Italian. This critically acclaimed production was the winner of the 2015 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Writing.

 

Jurassica is a story of  family, migration, language and growing old. It is a heartwarming tale, told beautifully with humour and pathos and spoken in both English and Italian. Its 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.

Winner 2015 Green Room Award for BEST NEW AUSTRALIAN WRITING

NOMINATED for Green Room Awards for BEST PRODUCTION, BEST DIRECTION, BEST SOUND DESIGN.

Jurassica was commissioned and developed through Red Stitch’s new writing program, INK

REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS 

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 

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

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