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Contemporary #4: Lucia Calamaro and Haydn Gwynne



Contemporary #4: Lucia Calamaro and Haydn Gwynne

Curated and moderated by Monica Capuani, “Contemporary” is a series of encounters – conversations, readings and live performances – presenting to the British audience an authoritative overview of Italian contemporary theatre. Italian actors, playwrights and directors, both acclaimed masters and successful new voices, talk about their artistic research and discuss with important figures of British contemporary theatre.

After Fabrizio Gifuni, Pippo Delbono and Iaia Forte with Branka Katic, guests of the fourth encounter will be Lucia Calamaro and Haydn Gwynne.


Lucia Calamaro is playwright, director and actress. Born in Rome, at the age of thirteen she moved to Montevideo (Uruguay), together with her father who worked as a diplomat. She graduated in Art and Aesthetics at the Sorbonne in Paris and worked as actress and director in Montevideo, Paris and above all Rome. In 2011 she created the play L’origine del mondo, ritratto di un interno [The origin of the World, Portrait of an Interior], for which she won 3 UBU prizes among which Best New Italian Text or Drama Research. In 2012 she was awarded the Premio Enriquez for Direction and Dramaturgy. La vita ferma: sguardi sul dolore del ricordo [The Still Life: Gazes over the Sorrow of Memory] is her last play, which had its debut in September 2016 at the Terni Festival (produced by the Teatro Stabile della Sardegna, Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria, Angelo Mai Occupato in collaboration with the Théâtre National de l’Odéon in Paris and Teatro di Roma). Since 2014 Lucia Calamaro teaches Dramaturgy at the Scuola Civica Paolo Grassi in Milan. Her texts will be published shortly for the French publishing house Actes Sud.

Haydn Gwynne is a British actress and singer, working in theatre, cinema and TV. She is particularly renowned for performing in the role of Mrs. Wilkinson in the original London and Broadway production Billy Elliot the Musical, for which she won the Drama Desk Award and has been nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical and for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She performed in other musicals such as Ziegfeld Follies, A Little Night Music, City of Angels, The Threepenny Opera and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, as well as in other prose plays such as Richard III with Kevin Spacey and The Audience with Helen Mirren. For City of Angels and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown she has been nominated again for the Laurence Olivier Award. In 2016 she played at the Royal National Theatre in a revival of The Threepenny Opera with Roy Kinnear, thus achieving her fourth nomination to the Laurence Olivier Award. She has workes for several TV productions, most recently in The Windsors for Channel Four in 2016, in which she performed in the role of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

Monica Capuani
is a freelance cultural journalist for important Italian magazines such as L’Espresso, L’Europeo, io Donna, Elle. She is also a literary translator from English and French, having translated more than seventy novels, and of English and American Drama, bringing several plays to the Italian stage, most recently The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell, directed and interpreted by Luca Zingaretti.


Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Time: From 7:00 pm To 9:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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