The play is set in 1941 in a tenement in Little Italy, New York and the story is based around three generations of an immigrant family who originate from Sicily. The family run a successful butchers and they are also musical: the menfolk play guitar and sing and the women dance. Tensions build amongst the family members as the younger generation yearn for the freedom of the society they were born into whilst the older generation hold onto their past. The threat from the local mafia and the unfolding of war in Europe provides the element of danger against which these domestic issues are played out. Tarantella is a full length play written in English with a smattering of Italian and Sicilian dialect spoken throughout. Original music has been composed for the production.
Writer & Director - Elizabeth Bowe
Composer & Musical Director - Benjamin Ellin
Choreographer - Huw Prall
Producer - Valia Phyllis Zwart
Assistant Producer - Anna Wrang
Cast: Livia Berte, Luca Fiorilli, Neil Gardner, Ylva Hanson, Siggi Holm, Maya Lindh, Victor Majorin, Fabrizio Matteini, Louise Moberg, Mira Pranger, Dominic Quinn, Aron Trausti, Frederik Von Luettichau
Tarantella was performed at The Omnibus Theatre, Clapham in London in September 2016.
A second run of the production is being scheduled for 2019.