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St. Margaret's House, London

Wednesday, 24th Mar - Friday, 26th Mar

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Covid-19 Update: (Jan 2021) Due to new lockdown restrictions we are having to reimagine our Reimagine season. All events will either be brought to you digitally or postponed and we will endeavour to update you on specific activities as soon as possible.

Either way we will be continuing to work behind the scenes to bring you some fantastic arts and wellbeing opportunities to enjoy at home!

Email our Programme Manager on [email protected] for more information.

“A vital reminder of how destabilising Brexit will be for vast numbers of people who call the UK home” - The Stage

 

Faced with the possibility of having to leave her home of ten years, Cecilia is sharing her personal experience and testimonials of others to ask: what does it feel like to be an expat?

 

Diary of an Expat is a solo show directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London - a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans. It looks at the road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the knocks your identity takes when no country claims you as their own. From amusing miscommunications to bewildering legal technicalities, Cecilia delves into the day-to-day of living in a country that can’t pronounce your surname.

 

When she arrived in the UK from Italy nine years ago, with a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and bags of pasta, Cecilia’s mission began: trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian. She started her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle… kind of. Now, after numerous dubious jobs and weird encounters, Cecilia finds herself alone among the chaos of multi-ethnic, glamorous London whilst navigating the ever-present uncertainty of Brexit. Now turning her desires into reality has become a titanic endeavour as the European dream of a life abroad slowly drifts away.

 

Based on real testimonies as well as personal experiences of writer Cecilia Gragnani, Diary of an Expat looks at the lives of Europeans abroad and their urgency to understand and explore what expatriating means for a younger generation. Confronting the legal technicalities of becoming a citizen of another country, Cecilia questions what role this will play in her identity and how we decide where we belong.

 

Performance time: 7:30-9pm

Doors will open at 7:15pm

See the rest of the REIMAGINE season at St. Margaret's House here

 

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Venue

St. Margaret's House

21 Old Ford Road

London

E2 9PL

We try to make all of our events as accessible as we possibly can, both for the audience and performers. For more info please see accessibility info on our website. For anything else call on 020 8980 2092 or email [email protected]

Where is the venue?

This event will be taking place inside our hall. When arriving at 21 Old Ford Road, there will be stairs leading down to the entrance located to the right of our main door and cafe. We always try to have a member of staff on Old Ford Road to guide you where you need to go.

What is your COVID-19 guidance?

Before attending this event, please read our guidance on ways in which you can help reduce the risk of Covid-19 whilst at St Margaret’s House. This is a mask-wearing event. All attendees are required to bring a face mask/covering with them to be worn during the show.

Food and drink?

Whilst keeping within COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to serve food or drink at our events. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments into the space if you want to.

Are there toilets at the venue?

Yes, though we will ask you to use any facilities before you are seated for the performance.

How old do you have to be to attend?

Unless otherwise stated, our programme is for all ages. If unsure, please call on 020 8980 2092 or email [email protected]

Organiser

St. Margaret's House

We organise and host a wide variety of gigs, open mics, spoken word nights, exhibitions, film screenings, theatre and comedy performances as well as one-off festivals. We see the arts as a route to community building, wellbeing and social change. Our mission is to promote positive social change by creating opportunities for people to come together and play a more active part in their community. Our projects anchor us in the community, providing spaces for residents to eat, shop, learn, create, and enjoy a diverse cultural program.