This show takes place at The Cockpit in Marylebone. Performed in English with some Italian. 60 minutes. Ages 18+ Contains nudity.
Napoli 44 is a new play inspired by Naples 44, the war diary of Norman Lewis. It is the story of a young British soldier in crazy war time Naples. It is a story about the delicate relationship between the natives and the Allies and about how these two different cultures managed to exist together in the tragic frame of WWII.
Through the interrogation of three women, the story explores a city that, even in the hardest of times, keeps its vitality high. Two out of three women, across all classes and backgrounds, engaged either on a regular or occasional basis in prostitution because of the desperate conditions in which women found themselves in. No food, no water, no protection. British and American secret services used prostitution also for strategical purposes, sending groups of women infected by Syphilis to the German-Occupied North in order to spread the disease among the Nazis.“I have arrived at a time when, in their hearts, these people must be thoroughly sick of us. A year ago we liberated them from the Fascist Monster, and they still sit doing their best to smile politely at us, as hungry as ever, more disease-ridden than ever before, in the ruins of their beautiful city where law and order have ceased to exist. And what is the prize to be eventually won?” - from the diary of Norman Lewis.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Directed by Francesca Caprioli
Written by Lavinia Carpentieri
Performed by Elliot Baxter, Lavinia Carpentieri, Edward Soper, Robert Rickman
Compagnia Francesca Caprioli is an International theatre company based in Rome and London.
The Company’s UK debut was in 2016 at the Manipulate Festival in Edinburgh with “Keep the Cross High”.
The last project was a theatre adaptation of “The House of Sleep” by Jonathan Coe, which opened at the Spoleto Festival dei due Mondi 2019.
As a company our aim is to use theatre more as an ethic than an aesthetic instrument, something that is not bare entertainment but also a messenger of new realities. A theatre of commitment, courage and fantasy. There are so many things to talk about, so many things to devise and to share, new images from a fast restless century for a new restless audience. Our theatre is a social challenge, renovating itself at any single run.