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L'amore Del Cuore (Heart's Desire)

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

By Caryl Churchill

Directed by Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli
Company lacasadargilla

Presented in Italian with English surtitles.

A hilarious and touching Italian adaptation of one of Caryl Churchill’s most revolutionary plays.

It is both one of the funniest short plays ever written and a reminder of the savagery that often lies beneath the surface of family life.” (Michael Billington).

As a family anxiously awaits their daughter’s return from Australia, Churchill’s play races through a series of scenarios, repetitions and experiments, illuminating the curious and complex ways in which families communicate.

Caryl Churchill has influenced generations of writers. One of Europe’s greatest playwrights, she puts experimentation with verbal communication at the heart of her work. From Top Girls to Serious Money and Escaped Alone, her works have continuously inspired theatre companies across the globe.

This adaptation, from acclaimed Italian theatre maker Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli and company lacasadargilla, employs movement, the Italian tradition of Commedia del’Arte, and Churchill’s text to push the limits of language. “Amazing. A work of infinite and fascinating restarts, rewinds and still images” – Rodolfo Di Giammarco.

We will be hosting a post-show talk with professor Paola Bono, Italy’s leading expert curator of  Caryl Churchill’s works and Alessandro Iachino theatre critic, on the 15th of June.


Caryl Churchill

Italian Translation
Laura Caretti, Margaret Rose

Lisa Ferlazzo Natoli

Tania Garribba, Fortunato Leccese, Alice Palazzi, Francesco Villano and Tessa Battaiotto

Sound Design & Set Design
Alessandro Ferroni

Lighting Design
Omar Scala

Costume Design
Camilla Carè

Images / Video
Maddalena Parise

Production Photography
Sveva Bellucci

Assistant Director
Flavio Murialdi

Co-produced by
Teatro Vascello, La Fabbrica dell’Attore & lacasadargilla

Supported by
Piccolo Teatro di Milano – Teatro d’Europa
Italian Cultural Institute




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Caryl Churchill
Caryl Churchill is one of the UK’s most influential playwrights, known for her breaking of theatrical tradition. Many of her plays are now considered modern classics, including Top Girls, Cloud Nine and A Number. Churchill’s work is enjoying unprecedented success in Italy. After many decades when her work was rarely performed, over the last year there have been several significant productions.

lacasadargilla is well known in Italy for its productions of original texts, literary adaptations and contemporary plays. The ensemble builds its projects on the concepts of time and mythographies, as well as on the linguistic, psychic and personal legacies that bind us to our past and to our future. All performances have an architectural approach, with a focus on linguistic and cinematic devices as well as on physical precision.

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