Dan Giovannoni’s wonderfully original multi-generational migrant story Jurassica opens in Geelong later this month.
This critically acclaimed production from Red Stitch and Critical Stages - winner of the 2015 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Writing - is embarking on an eight-venue tour of Victoria, New South Wales and ACT.
Jurassica opens at Geelong Performing Arts Centre on August 29 as part of the 2018 Deakin University Theatre Season.
As the child of migrant parents and grandparents, Giovannoni (Merciless Gods) has often sat in the space between being Australian and being Italian, experiencing a slight disconnect between both. “This is not my life story by any means,” says Giovannoni. “But it would be silly, and incorrect to suggest that I’m not in there somehow. I think any writer is in their work, and in Jurassica much of what the characters experience and talk about, reflects my own experiences.”
Jurassica tells the story of Ralph and Sara who left Tuscany in the 1950s as part of the ‘populate or perish’ scheme and built a new life in a concrete-front-yard home in Suburban Moorabbin, Victoria. Their grandson Luca struggles to talk to both his father and grandfather until one day Ralph is rushed to hospital and, through the unlikely connection of Kaja, the interpreter, who herself fled war-torn Belgrade, Luca learns to reconnect.
Performed in Italian as well as English, Giovannoni’s work deals with very current themes of displacement, home and how our past shapes our future, and yes, dinosaurs play an important part in it too.
Jurassica comes to Geelong for five performances in The Playhouse, August 29 - September 1. Tickets are $58 or less, book at Box Office on 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au