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San Domino - Tristan Bates Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MUSICAL drama San Domino, by Tim Anfilogoff and Alan Whittaker, runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre from Tuesday, June 5 to Saturday, June 30, 2018.

Based on Mussolini’s famous persecution of homosexuals, San Domino tells the story of a group of men sentenced to five years confinement for degeneracy on an island fortress of San Domino.

One night in 1939, Carlo, Claudio and their friends are arrested. Condemned without a trial, they arrive on San Domino: a prison island solely for gay men.

Mussolini’s regime had unwittingly created a part of Italy in which men were expected to be openly gay. For all the indignity and squalor of prison life, men previously forced to live in the shadows now have no need to hide who they are. But in the background war is looming…

In San Domino, actor-musicians conjure up an intimate tragi-comic world of love, loss and the struggle just to survive.

Produced by TKD Productions and M. Green Productions, San Domino is directed by Matthew Gould, with musical direction and orchestrations by James Cleeve, lighting by Mitchell Reeve, and set and costume design by Faye Brad. Casting has not yet been announced.

The producers said: “San Domino first previewed to an enthusiastic audience at the Courtyard Theatre then played to a full house at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival in 2014. We hope our attempt to capture the humour and tragedy of San Domino will inspire you the way the story of the 45 gay men rounded up in Catania one night in 1939 inspired us.”

Tickets: Standard: £17.50; matinees and concessions £15; previews £12. Earlybird – Tickets booked before February 28: £15.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm; Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2.30pm.