A Flower of the Lips
A true story, carried over oceans from Calabria to Sydney, raising the dead of a century past.
Bruno Aloi was a local government official and family man compelled to help police arrest army deserters – deserters who were relatives. What happens when you must arrest kin?
This is the true story of Sydneysider Valentino Musico’s great-grandfather during WW1 Italy, a story Valentino researched by visiting Italian State Archives in Calabria, a story now re-told for the stage with five glorious actors and the timescoping 8 metre wide canvas of designer Vince Vozzo.
This gender neutral production revives the acclaimed 2015 King Street Theatre production
Playwright Valentino Musico wrote and produced the plays Meat Pies & Mortadella (2003), Shopping Centres & Gutters (2011), 25EIGHT (2012) (all at the TAP Gallery), and A Flower of the Lips (2015, King St. Theatre). Ira Seidenstein directed all productions. Musico/Seidenstein/Vozzo collaborated on the last three productions.
Director Ira Seidenstein (www.iraseid.com) helped establish The Actors’ Centre and The Bell Shakespeare Company. He has performed and taught with Cirque du Soleil and Slava’s Snow Show. In 2012 companies he mentors or taught won the Adelaide Fringe Festival’s Best of the Fringe – Dance Award and Best of the Fringe – Circus Award; and his creation The Madness of King Lear was performed in Adelaide, Avignon, Edinburgh and London.
Designer Vince Vozzo (www.vozzo.com.au) is a Sydney sculptor and painter holding the record for the most number of times a sculptor has been a Wynne Prize finalist – 8 times. His biography The Life and Work of Vince Vozzo was published in 2015.
Actor Marcella Franco’s credits include Shakespeare’s Cymbeline, Anthony and Cleopatra, and Twelfth Night; Dostoyevsky’s Notes From Underground (Sydney Chamber Opera); and the original production of A Flower of the Lips. She studied at ED5 International, Sydney Theatre School and the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute in New York.
Actor Yiss Mill’s credits include the plays Anthony And Cleopatra (directed by Ira) in 2013, Who Knows in 2014, and the original production of A Flower of the Lips (all at King Street Theatre), as well the film Talking Skull shown in PoetryFilm Parallax, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, 2015. He works with The Monkey Baa Theatre Company and runs the drumming school Drum Happy.
Actor Shabnam Tavakol, spellbound after watching the original production of A Flower of the Lips, immediately sought and found Ira, and was astounded by the acting potential unlocked by only an introduction to his method. She is Horizon Theatre Company’s principal artist and puppeteer, a part of numerous HTC productions featuring commedia dell’arte, mime and puppetry, especially the internationally acclaimed Love Thee. She is also an acclaimed classical Indian dancer,
Actor Serena Weatherall graduated from the Actors College of Theatre and Television. Her credits include The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s dream, and A Streetcar Named Desire, as well as a self – devised work and two independent feature films. In 2015 she completed a University of New England honours degree in creative practice and was assistant director in the original production of A Flower of the Lips.
Actor Amanda Zahab has an Acting BA from Charles Sturt University. She has performed with London’s TheatreUnO, Travesty Players at the Courtyard Theatre and the Barbican Connecting Arts Project; and in Italy with over 300 T.I.E performances. She was assistant director in the original production of A Flower of the Lips.
THE 2015 REVIEWS
“A PASSIONATE, BEAUTIFUL CELEBRATION” – Stage Whispers
“SEIDENSTEIN DOES TERRIFIC WORK WITH THIS ENGAGING SCRIPT” – Theatre Red
“WE ARE RIVETED BY THE POSSIBILITIES THAT SEIDENSTEIN AND MUSICO PRESENT” – Sydney Arts Guide
THE REVIVAL SEASON
A Flower of the Lips – Imperial Hotel, 35 Erskineville Rd, Erskineville
Performances: Sunday 25, Tuesday 27, Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 September 2016.
Times: Sunday 4pm, Tuesday – Thursday 7pm.
Prices: Adult: $27 Concession: $22 PLUS $2.20 booking fee all tickets