Musical Docudrama "Italia ‘n' Caledonia"
by Mike Maran and Philip Contini
Fri 2nd Sept. 8pm 2 hrs inc. interval age 12+
Mike takes storytelling to a whole new level of live entertainment by collaborating with gifted musicians and homing in on fascinating subjects. We hope the Lyth audience will enjoy this rich dip into the world of the Italian/Scottish community as much as Mike's wonderful tribute to Chet Baker last year.
Italians started coming to Scotland towards the end of the nineteenth century. They were craftsmen, musicians, and small businessmen. One of these businesses, the Italian delicatessen, Valvona & Crolla, is the venue for the show when performed at the Edinburgh Fringe.
"This is homely stuff, with home movies of great picnics of the thirties when Italians from all over Scotland would gather in Alva Glen. It trades on the Italian love of food, their place in the Scottish fabric assured with chip shops and ice-cream parlours. Maran and Contini chat with pride about Robert Louis Stevenson's mentioning of Parmesan cheese, about their own families and hard work – while David Vernon's accordion provides a constant soundtrack, and Maran's songs break up the narrative". (Thom Dibdin)
"For those who have seen one of Mike Maran's productions before, watching him on stage is like picking up a conversation with an old friend. However, if it's your first Maran experience, his highly original approach to theatre can come as something of a surprise". (Rowan Macfie)
"Listening to Mike and Philip, I thought I had died and gone to heaven!". (The Scotsman )