The beloved Australian classic novel and groundbreaking film comes to the stage for the first time in July 2022.

 

Josie Alibrandi is in her final year of high school. Whip-smart and aspirational, she is a third-generation Italian teenager and scholarship kid, with the shadow of a family curse and a penchant for rulebreaking. Juggling grades, boys, and the claustrophobia of an overbearing nonna and saintly mother, Josie’s life becomes tangled in the webs of class, identity, and family history as she finds her place in a changing world.

 

Iconic novel and cult movie, Looking for Alibrandi is the honest and empowered portrait of 1990s Mediterranean culture that spoke for the first time about systemic racism in Australia from a migrant perspective. It defined a generation and to this day resonates with those caught in the stranglehold of identity and othering in this country. Director Stephen Nicolazzo (LoadedMerciless Gods) brings Melina Marchetta’s best-selling novel to the stage for the first time, where Vidya Rajan’s adaptation will join three generations of women in a passionate, heart wrenching, and unmissable rendering of the Australian classic.

 

Starring Chanella Macri (Australian Realness), Lucia Mastrantone, and Jennifer Vuletic (Because The Night) as the Alibrandi women with Ashley LyonsHannah Monson, and Dion Williams.

"The story has always compelled me because it spoke so directly to the conflict I experienced, socially and internally. I was scared to embrace my identity for fear of not being able to access an Anglo-centric world. Josie was the first character I had ever read or seen on screen that understood what it was like. She made me proud to be a wog and I will thank Melina for creating her every single day."
— Stephen Nicolazzo, Director, Looking For Alibrandi

Malthouse Theatre and Belvoir present Looking for Alibrandi

Partners

Vidya Rajan WRITER
Stephen Nicolazzo Director
Kate Davis SET & COSTUME DESIGNER
Daniel Nixon COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER
Katie Sfetkidis LIGHTING DESIGNER
Ashley Lyons CAST
Chanella Macri CAST
Lucia Mastrantone CAST
Hannah Monson CAST
Jennifer Vuletic CAST
Cecily Rabey STAGE MANAGER

Event & ticketing details

Accessibility

Wheelchair Access
Audio Described
Auslan Interpreted

Dates & Times

PREVIEWS 7.30pm Fri 8 Jul, 7.30pm Sat 9 Jul, 6.30pm Mon 11 Jul, 6.30pm Tue 12 Jul
OPENING NIGHT 6.30pm, Wed 13 Jul
TIME TO TALK 6.30pm, Tue 19 Jul
AUSLAN INTERPRETED 7pm, Fri 22 Jul
AUDIO DESCRIBED TBC

Location

Merlyn Theatre

The Malthouse, 113 Sturt St, Southbank 3006

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Train

Any train to Flinders Street, then a 12-minute stroll through Melbourne’s sparkling Arts Precinct.

Tram

The No. 1 South Melbourne tram goes right past our door. Get off at Stop 18. Any tram down St Kilda Road—jump off at Grant Street, Stop 17 and take a 3-minute walk.

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