maggio '43

Duration: 1h and 40 minutes without interval

Following the summer performances at the Chiostro and Milanese municipal buildings, Davide Enia returns to the Piccolo with his play dedicated to May 1943 in Palermo.

The strategic importance of the city’s port during the Second World War became tragically clear to its citizens in the spring of 1943, when the city began to suffer an increasing number of bombing runs by the Allies, who were preparing to land on the Sicilian coast on 9 July of the same year. Exactly two months earlier, Palermo had suffered the first carpet bombing in Italy. In less than twenty minutes, Anglo-American planes dropped 1570 bombs on the city. “The city of Palermo gutted and left lying in a mass of blood and rubble... the houses and even the roads are gone, and the dust and smoke make it practically impossible to see anything. In any case, the few things visible are unrecognisable”. This work by Davide Enia draws inspiration from a series of interviews with people who experienced and miraculously survived this period. Taking his cue from their accounts and from fragments of memory, the dramatic narration deconstructs, reweaves and re-elaborates these accounts, bringing them together in a single story, that of Gioacchino, a twelve-year-old witness to this horror. The words of Enia, accompanied by the music of Giulio Barocchieri, tells of “dark times, in which people struggled to stay alive - writes Davide Enia -. They were horrific times, in which death came suddenly from above, or from the depths of the black markets, which throttled people with exorbitant prices. They were malignant and false times, cynical and deceitful. Not unlike present days”.

Piccolo Teatro Grassi
from 25 November to 6 December 2020
maggio ‘43
by and with Davide Enia
live music Giulio Barocchieri
a Fondazione Sipario Toscana Accademia Perduta / Romagna Teatri production

Stalls: Full price € 33
Balcony: Full price € 26

Where and when to purchase tickets
It is possible to purchase tickets for programmed performances taking place from September to December and use vouchers as payment.
No subscriptions schemes are available for the aforementioned performances.
It is possible to purchase full-price and discounted tickets online. Tickets for all productions for the current season can be purchased up to one hour before the beginning of scheduled performances. Purchased tickets are sent by email at the moment of purchase and are available on the user’s personal profile. Tickets can be purchased with credit card.

Box office line +39 02.42.411.889
From Monday to Saturday from 9.45 6.45 p.m., Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In the event of performances on bank holidays, the service is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It is possible to purchase full-price or discounted tickets (for under -26 and over -65).
Purchased tickets are sent by email.
Access to the auditorium with reduced-price tickets is subject to verification by the theatre personnel.
Payment can be made by credit card (with the exception of American Express).

Piccolo Teatro Strehler box office
The Teatro Strehler box office (L. go Greppi, 1 – Metro M2 station Lanza) observes the following opening hours: from Monday to Saturday 9.45 a.m. to 6.45 p.m.; Sundays 1 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.; closed on Sundays and bank holidays.
It is possible to purchase full-price or discounted tickets (for under -26 and over -65). Access to the auditorium with reduced-price tickets is subject to verification by the theatre personnel.
For the final hour before the beginning of a performance, the box office is available exclusively for the production that is due to begin.

Teatro Grassi and Teatro Studio Melato box offices
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For artistic reasons, access to the auditorium is not permitted once the performance has started. You may take your seat during any intervals.
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• In order to avoid queues and crowing, spectators are invited to arrive at the place of performance in good time.

• It is possible to access the auditorium by showing your ticket directly from your smartphone.

• Spectators with a body temperature equal to or higher than 37.5°C will not be allowed access to the performance and will have the right to a refund for their ticket. The personnel at the entrance will have dedicated thermal scanners for measuring temperature.

• All spectators must wear face masks (general regulations apply for children) and sanitise their hands via the dedicated dispensers. Spectators without masks can ask for one at the entrance.

• The seating in the auditorium respects current distancing regulations.

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