Through the tragic comedy of an impossible love, the piece examines anorexia, seen as a symptom of, and form of defence against, childhood abuse.
A woman on the seashore together with an inflatable doll. She can’t swim. Neither can he. His sightless eyes are the only eyes whose gaze the woman can accept. Their relationship has been going on for more than ten thousand years. This love is as resistant as plastic. As resistant as an illusion.
Irene Petra Zani (1986) graduated in playwriting at the Paolo Grassi Civic School of Theatre and began working with Compagnia delle Furie, Atopos Compagnia teatrale, Fragile Artists performing photography and Fattoria Vittadini, Teatro i. Between 2018 and 2020 she was part of the Playstorm project by Fausto Paravidino for the Teatro Stabile of Turin. Il Bambolo was first performed at the Todi Off Festival 2021. The text has been translated by Joan Casas with the support of Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe for Sala Beckett Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia di Barcellona, where in 2019 it was presented in the form of a dramatised reading following a residential stay by the artist, who was selected from those involved in the i-Portunus Creative Europe project. Again, in Spain, the work won the Born de Residencia Teatral 2020 Award, and it forms part of the season at the Escenari Joan Brossa theatre. Plumcake is one of the shorts written by Margherita Laera for the project Se non potessi più by Teatro i and Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe.
by Irene Petra Zani
directed by Giampiero Judica
with Linda Caridi
director’s assistant Anna Zanetti
sets and costumes Lucia Menegazzo
lighting Giacomo Marettelli Priorelli
a Pierfrancesco Pisani and Isabella Borettini production for Infinito Produzioni and Argot Produzioni
in collaboration with PAV/ Fabulamundi Playwriting Europe
with the contribution of Associazione Erika Onlus and Officine Buone
with thanks to Teatro i for their support in the project
with thanks to mare culturale urbano and Campeggi Design