HARBOUR40 Reading in Rome


In the context of the Short Theatre festival in Rome, four playwrights read extracts from their new dramatic texts dealing with harbours and the people associated with them. The multi-lingual texts were read in original language with Italian surtitles.

The Short Theatre is a festival of and about theatre. This year’s edition “Keep The Village Alive” offered shows, discussion rounds, training session, concerts and installations.

Various playwrights — invited by the festival from Italy, France, Germany, and by the UTE from Italy, Bulgaria, Greece and Israel/Palestine — came together at a roundtable, moderated by Graziano Graziani, journalist and theatre critic, to discuss contemporary dramatic art.

Following the roundtable, the four playwrights from Israel/Palestine, Greece, Bulgaria and Italy read extracts from their new dramatic texts that had been developed in meetings at think tanks held by the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe in Rome and Vienna, where the playwrights had discussed burning global issues, and how those relate to their societies. Out of lively discussions about borders, nationalism, tolerance, war, terrorism, economics, public goods, privatization of water and human trafficking, the idea about harbors had arisen, leading to the stories of the people in them. The playwrights Angeliki Darlasi, Stefan Ivanov, Roberto Scarpetti and Amir Nizar Zuabi read excerpts from their texts, allowing a glimpse into the development of this project. Their characters speak many languages: Arab, Greek, Italian, French, Bulgarian, English, etc., and travel through the ports of Jaffa, Piraeus, Genoa, the Black Sea and through markets in the Syrian desert, Turkey and Tunisia. The multi-lingual fragments were read in the context of the Short Theatre festival in original language — underscoring the multi-cultural character of the event — with Italian surtitles (Sonia Antinori).

Roundtable on contemporary dramatic art | 14 September 2016 | 7.30pm

HARBOUR40 Reading | 14 September 2016 | 9pm

Both at: La Pelanda. Centro di produzione culturale, Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4

New texts by

Amir Nizar Zuabi • Israel/Palestine

Angeliki Darlasi • Greece

Stefan Ivanov • Bulgaria

Roberto Scarpetti • Italy

Italian translation and surtitles: Sonia Antinomy


Read the article covering the event in our online magazine: "Harbour 40. On the docks of Europe" by Sergio Lo Gatto.

Browse through all of our articles: conflict-zones.reviews


An event by the Union des Théâtres de l’Europe (Conflict Zones | Zones de Conflit) in collaboration with the Teatro di Roma in the context of the Short Theatre festival.

With the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.


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