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Set on a Greek Island of Cephalonia from the Second World War to the present day, Captain Corelli's Mandolin
tells the story of Dr Iannis, his daughter, Pelagia, the heroic Italian soldier, Carlo Guercio, the mandolin-playing Captain Antonio Corelli and the love they all share. It's a passionate story that sweeps you up with joy one minute then makes the fright and rage of war boil in the stomach the next. It is full of laughter and tears, the joy of love and, ultimately, the triumph of life over death.Performers Alex Mugnaioni (Captain Corelli), Madison Clare (Pelagia), Fred Fergus (Francesco), Joseph Long (Dr Iannis), Graeme Dalling (Soldier), Ryan Donaldson (Carlo), Ashley Gayle (Mandras), Eliot Giuralarocca (Priest), Luisa Guerreiro (Goat), Kezrena James (Lemoni), Eve Polycarpou (Drosoula), John Sandeman (Soldier), Stewart Scudamore (Velisarios), Kate Spencer (Gunter), Elizabeth Mary Williams (Psipsina).
Book by Louis de Bernieres. Producer Rose Theatre Kingston. Producer Neil Laidlaw Productions. Producer Birmingham Repertoy Theatre. Adapted by Rona Munro. Director Melly Still. Design Mayou Trikerioti. Costume Mayou Trikerioti. Lighting Malcolm Rippeth. Sound Jon Nicholls. Design Dom Baker (projection). Music Harry Blake.
Just returned after the first half of the show- so disappointed. Very disjointed and difficult to follow- the goat was so annoying (although well played). The poorest show we have seen at the Curve I'm sorry to say.
So disappointing, performed on an empty stage, well not quite empty, there's a plastic milk crate, some step ladders and a couple of wooden beams. Obviously all you could need to recreate a Greek island. Performers were great but I just found the whole thing very disjointed. Have to say the whole theatre gave a standing ovation at the end, so maybe it was just me.
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