Radio clandestina

Duration: one hour and 15 minutes without interval

On 23 March 1944, the Patriotic Action Groups attacked a German column in Via Rasella. On 24 March, in retaliation, the Nazis killed 335 people in a cave in Via Ardeatina, ten Italians for each German killed. Twenty years on from its debut, Ascanio Celestini stages Radio Clandestina, a show which reflects on history and memory, beginning with one of the most tragic episodes in the Nazi occupation of Italy.

“The story of the Partisan uprising and the occupation of Rome is often told in a confused manner - writes Ascanio Celestini -. Above all the Ardeatine massacre and the action in Via Rasella which preceded it are part of a story which is told “backwards”. Taking as a starting point material published in the book by Alessandro Portelli L’ordine è già stato eseguito, in Radio Clandestina I lend a voice to the oral part of the story which still presents those days in a vital, direct and not overturned manner”. The book is based on approximately 200 interviews which demonstrate that this is not the story of those three days, but something which is still alive and living in the memory of an entire city. It is the story of the women who went in search of their men, of the wives who worked in the 1950s and the children and grandchildren who still tell that story.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 21 to 26 April 2020
Radio Clandestina
Roma, le Fosse Ardeatine, la Memoria
a show by
Ascanio Celestini
based on the text by Alessandro Portelli L’Ordine è già stato eseguito
Fabbrica production 
Mismaonda srl distribution


Full price € 33 | Discounted price for youngsters and the elderly (under 26 and over 65) € 21
Full price € 26 | Discounted price for youngsters and the elderly (under 26 and over 65) € 18

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