NEWS: Musical drama San Domino opens at Tristan Bates Theatre in June

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Based on Italian Fascist leader Mussolini’s infamous persecution of homosexuals, Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker’s San Domino will play at the Tristan Bates Theatre from 5 to 30 June 2018, with a press night on 7 June and a post-show Q&A hosted by Mates co-founder Terri Paddock after the matinee on Saturday 9 June.

One night in 1939, Carlo, Claudio and friends are arrested in Catania. Condemned without any trial, they arrive on San Domino: a prison island solely for gay men. For all the indignity and squalor of prison life, men previously forced to live in the shadows now have no need to hide who they are. But whatever kind of life they may be trying to build, in the background war is looming.

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Featuring a cast of actor-musicians, San Domino conjures up “an intimate tragi-comic world of love, loss and the struggle just to survive”.

In the creative team are librettist and lyricist Tim Anfilogoff, composer Alan Whittaker, director Matthew Gould, musical director and orchestrator James Cleeve, lighting designer Mitchell Reeve and set and costume designer Faye Brad.

San Domino first previewed to an audience at the Courtyard Theatre, then played at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival in 2014. The writers were inspired by the story of 45 gay men rounded up in Catania one night in 1939.

Casting for the production has yet to be announced.

Bios

Tim Anfilogoff (book and lyrics) and Alan Whittaker have been friends for many years, playing in a band together and have been writing and producing musical theatre for the last five years. Their work includes A Body to Diet For which ran at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and The Golden Age which was workshopped at the Etcetera Theatre. They are currently working on a new musical The Truth about the Congo in parallel with Anfilogoff’s drama The man who killed Ota Benga.

Alan Whittaker (composer) has also written a follow-up drama to San Domino entitled The Other Island which was previewed at Camden’s Etcetera Theatre. He also wrote the screenplay for Down Flew the Doves, a film with songs by singer and composer Tim Prottey-Jones. Whittaker’s musical theatre credits include A Body to Diet For and The Golden Age, plus Liberty City (written by Amy Bilton) which was workshopped at the Hen & Chickens Theatre. He is currently working on The Truth about the Congo with Anfilogoff.

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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