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PLAYGROUND – London Second edition

Research and development workshops

18-22 July | 19-23 September | 10-14 October

Online on Zoom – Click on this link to join the third event on Friday 14 October at 2.30pm UK time 

PLAYGROUND, a series of three Research & Development workshops for contemporary dramaturgy designed by PAV within the framework of Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute in London, is back with a second edition.

From July to October, three online sessions will focus on the new writings on the Italian playwriting scene, translated into English and workshopped thanks to the precious collaboration with directors, translators and artists of the British scene.

Four Italian playwrights, Francesco Alberici, Valeria Belardelli, Francesca Caprioli and Valentina Diana will work respectively with two directors with an international background, the English Ellen McDougall and the Italian-Palestinian Omar Elerian, and their respective artistic teams, to interrogate the scripts translated in English.

With the translation and dramaturgy consultant Margherita Laera, the three R&D workshops of PLAYGROUND will experiment with mechanisms of writing and representation by decolonizing dominant languages, question the scripts and characters as they appear on the page, and discuss the wider issues of translation and adaptation from the Italian context into the British.



From 18 to 22 July, with the English director Ellen McDougall, the consultancy of Margherita Laera and with the Italian authors Valeria Belardelli and Francesca Caprioli, on their text Tipping Point which intertwines climate crisis and a complicated relational dynamic between a mother and a son long apart.


From 19 to 23 September, the Italian-Palestinian director Omar Elerian together with a cast of English actors and actresses will work on Grande Spavento by the Italian playwright and writer Valentina Diana. Translated into English by Margherita Laera, the text portrays a group of people intent on sharing a path to cure their unhappiness through the connection with plants.

Join the event at 2.30pm UK Time on Friday 23 September through this link:


From 10 to 14 October, at the end of this new round of R&D workshops, the director Omar Elerian, together with Margherita Laera and a selection of English performers will focus on Bidibibodibiboo by the Italian author and actor Francesco Alberici who writes about the descent into the corporate hell of the e-commerce industry.

Join the event at 2.30pm UK Time on Friday 14 October through this link:


The last day of each of the three workshops, July 22nd, September 23rd and October 14th, will be dedicated to a public opening, inviting directors, artists and professionals to attend the readings of the texts and take part in a session of Q&A shared with all the people involved in the process.

Thanks to its experience proven in almost a decade of activity and with its extensive network of partner theatres, authors and texts of contemporary dramaturgy representing 18 European countries, Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe creates with PLAYGROUND a showcase of languages and diversified formats, once again placing at the centre of its action theatrical writing and the creative process that continually leads it to the stage.

For more information about the project and the public openings, write to: