Friday 18 May
At 7pm
St Peter’s Church, W41BB

EXPAT UNDERGROUND tells the comic story of the encounter between Cecilia, a modern migrant, and London, contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.Cecilia arrives in the UK to try and create the future she has in mind: becoming British while remainingdeeply Italian. Among hundreds of unlikely jobs, encounters with the most varied personalities aand Brexit’sthreat, Cecilia finds herself alone in facing the chaos and thousands of lights of a multi-ethnic London, wheremaking one’s desires become a reality turns into a titanic endeavour.”Unless you happen to be not human, it’s hard not to love Expat Underground.” Theaterstuck“When a show arouses this kind of empathy it not only proves its worth, but the worth of theatre as amedium, a medium that allows people to connect with their most honest selves, and reminds us that, when itcomes to feelings, we all come from the same place.” Live London PostTwitter: @Paper_Smokers

EXPAT UNDERGROUND has been presented at Applecart Arts as part of “Voila! Europe Festival” inNovember 2017. It has also been included in “12 Days of Christmas” in December 2017 at the Tristan BatesTheatre.

WHO WE ARE

We are three Europeans, an actress (who writes), a writer and a director, two Italians and an Austrian.This project was born from personal experiences, from the questions that have risen and that keepinteresting us regarding the lives of Italians and other Europeans abroad (committed or not).Do all or most expats find happiness? Is the eldorado exactly how we picture it? From these and many otherthoughts comes the urgency to understand and explore what expatriating means (let’s be honest, “expat”sounds much cooler than immigrant) for our generation today.
CECILIA GRAGNANI (pronounced gra- GNa-ne) – www.ceciliagragnani.com – @thececiliagCecilia is a proud Italian and a devoted supporter of AC Milan. In between hundreds of pizzas and kilos ofpasta, she’s also studied theatre and music, spent a year at the Parisian Sorbonne and got a degree inModern Literature. In 2008 she moved to London to complete her acting studies at Drama Centre – CentralSaint Martins. Since then she’s been working between Italy and the UK as an actress, a wannabe producerand a singer. In 2008 she founded “Fumatori di Carta” in Italy, it then became “Paper Smokers/Fumatori diCarta” in 2014, a London based international collective of storytellers. For more information visitwww.papersmokers.co.uk
JVAN SICA – http://letteraturasportiva.primosu.it/ – @jvan1980
Jvan is an Italian writer and wing-back. When not playing football, Jvan works to bring sports literature to theshelves of the best bookshops. He writes for magazines and blogs as well as having published books suchas “Italia, 1982” and “Arrigo”. He writes for Federico Buffa (the Italian David Attenborough but for sport), withhim he’s written TV shows as well as the theatre show “The Olympic Games of 1936”. It was on thisoccasion that Jvan met Cecilia, he was spellbound by her angelic voice and decided to start collaborating onmany projects, one of which was the documentary “Maradonapoli” distributed by Warner Bros.
KATHARINA REINTHALLER – @KReinthaller
Katharina is the serious backbone of this project. She is a director and dramaturg who trained at Universityof Vienna and with StoneCrabs Theatre Company (graduate of Young Directors’ Programme 2013/14).
Directing work includes: Ölum ve Kiz/Death and the Maiden (Millfield Theatre, The Arcola Theatre), EveryDay (University of Arts Wimbledon), Labels (Edinburgh Fringe Festival/Theatre Royal Stratford East/Adelaide& Perth Fringe/Singapur Fringe/University of North Carolina), To She or Not to She (Lyric Hammersmith), AGaggle of Saints (The Albany Studio), Fascination (Miniaturists Festival), Tortoise Redux (RichMix/The NewWolsey Theatre Ipswich).

writers: Cecilia Gragnani & Jvan Sica
performer: Cecilia Gragnani
special guest – London: Steve Wickenden
director & dramaturg: Katharina Reinthaller
producer: Cecilia Gragnani
sound designer: Neil McKeown
movement director: Mala Cherga Theatre