ED2011 3/5 Reviews ED2011 Theatre Reviews

Italia ‘n’ Caledonia (Mike Maran Productions)

By | Published on Sunday 21 August 2011

Evoking fish and chip suppers and the flavours of Italian ice-cream, two charming, consummate storytellers take us from the mountain villages of Italy to the stony cities of Scotland. With live accordion music throughout and the occasional cheery song, Philip Contini and Mike Maran conjure the lives of their Italian forbears from the early 1900s to World War II. Their animated narration gives vivid historical context for Italian immigration while retaining a highly personal aspect that touches and absorbs. Indeed, the show feels like a gathering of old friends affectionately sharing familiar tales. Contini and Maran take obvious pleasure and pride in their performance, and they create a cosy atmosphere, wherein we all become part of the extended Italian family.

Valvona & Crolla, 9, 11, 16, 18, 20, 23, 24 Aug, 5.45pm (7.00pm), £10.00 – £12.00, fpp 272.
tw rating 3/5