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Liberate Rame



Liberate Rame

A webinar with Filomena Campus, Joseph Farrell, Tom Cornford, Maria Teresa Pizza, in collaboration with the Fondazione Dario Fo Franca Rame. 

Introduced by Katia Pizzi, Director, ICI London

A revival of the creative and political labour of the actress, activist and ultimate theatre-maker Franca Rame (1929 – 2013).

Filomena Campus' project for her Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Research Studentship at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, offered by the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP), focuses on the work of Franca Rame as author, co-author, editor, actress, director, company manager, producer, archivist, activist and Senator of the Italian Republic. Rame is still best known for her work alongside her Nobel Prize winner husband, playwright and performer Dario Fo, while her crucial achievements have often been overlooked. Thanks to the documents and information held by the Fondazione Fo Rame at the MusALAb Archive Rame Fo at the State Archive in Verona, Filomena has been able to reassess Rame’s multi-faceted career, reflecting on almost sixty years of Italian history, culture and politics, and her relationship with Fo, as different forms of feminist practice. It will do so principally by exploring materials held by .

The FONDAZIONE FO RAME was founded in 2019 with the aim of preserving the memory of the work of Dario Fo and Franca Rame, together with a work of cultural dissemination for present and future generations, inspired by the life and art of the two famous artists. Their artistic talent and works are indissolubly blended with their personal history, political and social commitment, giving, at the same time, a unique example of Life and Art.

The Archive Franca Rame Dario Fo was designed and implemented by Franca Rame in 1993. Since 2015 a portion of the Archive is located at the State Archive in Verona, in an area called 'MusALab' (Museum Archive Laboratory Franca Rame Dario Fo), that was recognised under the 'Cultural Heritage of Italian History' program and declared to have significant 'historical interest' by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

Filomena Campus. Jazz vocalist, theatre director and academic, Campus has toured internationally and collaborated with top jazz artists. She is the Artistic Director of Theatralia, an international collective of performers and artists who combine literature, physical theatre, performance art, and inventive digital art with live music. Theatralia's productions include the acclaimed MONK Misterioso, Credevo Che (with Simonetta Agnello Hornby) , Italy VS England (with Stefano Benni), U238 (by Marco Paolini), and Not in My Name (by the Living Theatre).
Campus is the founder of the Theatralia Jazz Festival, a yearly encounter of Italian and UK jazz musicians and artists, Since 2003 she has been working as a visiting lecturer and theatre director in UK universities such as the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, East15 Acting School, Kingston University, Bucks New University, and UCL. 

Joseph Farrell is Professor Emeritus in Italian of the University of Strathclyde. He is author of Leonardo Sciascia; Dario Fo and Franca Rame: Harlequins of the Revolution, and Sicily: A Cultural History. He has translated many books from Italian (Sciascia, Consolo, Dario Fo, Franca Rame, Valerio Varesi among others) as well as three film scripts by Giuseppe Tornatore. The History of Italian Theatre was co-edited with Paolo Puppa, and he has edited volumes of essays on Carlo Goldoni, Dario Fo, Primo Levi, Carlo Levi, Ugo Betti and the mafia. He has produced editions in English of plays by Fo/Rame, Pirandello and Goldoni, and interview-books in Italian with Franca Rame and Dacia Maraini. He also works as theatre critic for such publications as The Scotsman and the Scottish Review of Books, publishes reviews and essays on cultural subject in the Times Literary Supplement and The National. His most recent book is Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa, while a revised and updated version of his biography of Fo-Rame was published in March 2019.

Tom Cornford is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, and an editor of the international, peer-reviewed journal Studies in Theatre and Performance. His research focuses on relationships between theatre-making and contemporary politics and culture, in particular questions of political economy, labour and race. Recent publications include a special issue of Contemporary Theatre Review on director Katie Mitchell, and, with Cass Fleming, Michael Chekhov in the Twenty-First Century: New Pathways (Bloomsbury 2020). His monograph, Theatre Studios: A Political History of Ensemble Theatre-Making, will be published by Routledge in 2021.

Mariateresa Pizza, Director of Archivio MusALab Franca Rame Dario Fo, Fellow at the ICCD/MiBACT where she is in charge of the project "Knowledge and Enhancement of the Rame Fo Archive". She holds a PhD in Performing Arts at the University of Rome "Sapienza" and has achieved the national qualification for Associate Professor in 2014. Author of many publications, including: Il gesto, la parola, l’azione. Poetica, drammaturgia e storia dei monologhi di Dario Fo, Al lavoro con Dario Fo e Franca Rame. Genesi e composizione dello spettacolo teatrale.


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Date: Friday, October 30, 2020

Time: At 7:00 pm

Entrance : Free