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Contemporary #9: Elio De Capitani & Mark Ravenhill



Contemporary #9: Elio De Capitani & Mark Ravenhill

Introduced and moderated by Monica Capuani

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.

Guests of the ninth encounter will be Elio De Capitani and Mark Ravenhill: a prominent figure of Italian theatre, who has been staging contemporary drama for more than thirty years, will meet and exchange views with one of the most important British playwrights, of whom he directed many plays.


Elio De Capitani is one of the most influential actors and directors of Italian contemporary theatre. His name is closely linked to the Teatro dell’Elfo (today Elfo Puccini, co-directed with Ferdinando Bruni), which he co-founded in 1973 with a group of actors including Gabriele Salvatores. Since his debut as a director in 1982, he particularly devoted himself to directing not only historical plays, but also the most significant contemporary texts, both Italian and international – such as plays by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Bernard-Marie Koltès, Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Dario Fo, Tony Kusher, Alan Bennett, Mark Ravenhill, Peter Morgan, Simon Stephens – for which he has been awarded several prizes. His role as Silvio Berlusconi in Nanni Moretti’s The Caiman (2006), one of his rare appearances in cinema, has been particularly impressive.

Mark Ravenhill is one of the most acclaimed British playwrights. He studied English and Drama at Bristol University from 1984 to 1987 and has been at the heart of the new British playwriting scene in the 1990s and 2000s with highly controversial and successful plays such as Shopping and Fucking (1996), Some Explicit Polaroids (1999) and Mother Clap's Molly House (2001). He made his acting debut in his monologue Product, at the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Working with Sir Ian McKellen, who was the lead in his play The Cut (2006), he had the idea for the ITV sitcom Vicious, with Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi and Frances de la Tour, which aired between 2013 and 2016. His latest play (2013) was a very personal re-writing of Voltaire's Candide.

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: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Time: At 7:00 pm

Organized by : ICI London

Entry : Free


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