adapted from the novel by Eric Linklater
by Mike Maran & Philip Contini
with live music performed by Dick Lee & Freeland Barbour
set & lighting by Jock Brown
painting by Ruth Barrie
produced & directed by Mike Maran
The same team that produced Captain Corelli's Mandolin return to the Mediterranean for a very different story.
Private Angelo thinks he is without 'il dono di coraggio' - the gift of courage, but blessed with great wisdom and infectious good humour he steers a hilarious path through the tragedy of war.
Set in 1943 as Italy surrenders there are glorious moments of comedy as our hero falls in love with two women, Lucrezia and Annunziata, finishes the story with a happy heart and many children, and discovers the meaning of 'il dono di coraggio' - the gift of courage.
With an original score composed by Dick Lee and Freeland Barbour (with a little bit of help from Puccini and Verdi) performed live on stage - this unique blend of storytelling and music transforms the intimate into the epic and offers the theatre a new opportunity for the 21st century.
'Narrators Mike Maran and Philip Contini, with the assistance of musicians Dick Lee and Freeland Barbour, hold the audience like moths to a naked flame.'