A tiny hill town in Tuscany has discovered a remarkable way to confront its issues - through theatre.
Each summer for the past 50 years, the piazza of Monticchiello becomes a stage and residents from 6 to 90 play a part - the role of themselves. Every issue the town has faced in its history - near-annihilation by Nazis, the disappearance of farming heritage, the influx of tourism - has been dramatised and debated by the villagers in this way. Spettacolo tells the story of Teatro Povero (“Poor Theatre”) as Monticchiello turns a series of devastating blows into a new play about the end of their world. Following the screening Bearwood Pantry who have built a community through a love of food will offer up their pay what you feel, pot-luck [late] lunch that celebrates sharing the one thing we all have in common. Presented in partnership with Jo Capper and Grand Union.
Dir: Jeff Malmberg, Chris Shellen
US 2017, 91 mins