Based on the reality of Italian Fascist leader Mussolini’s persecution of homosexuals, SAN DOMINO is the story of men sentenced to five years confinement for degeneracy.
One night in 1939, Carlo, Claudio and friends are arrested in Catania. Condemned without any trial, they arrive on San Domino: a prison island solely for gay men. 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 whatever kind of life they may be trying to build, in the background war is looming.
SAN DOMINO‘s cast of actor-musicians conjures up an intimate tragi-comic world of love, loss and the struggle just to survive”.
This new British musical first previewed to an audience at the Courtyard Theatre, then played at Arcola Theatre’s Grimeborn Festival in 2014. The writers were inspired by the story of 45 gay men rounded up in Catania one night in 1939.
SAN DOMINO has book and lyrics by Tim Anfilogoff and music by Alan Whittaker. This full-scale premiere production is directed by Matthew Gould, whose many other recent credits include The Secondary Victim, Pete ‘n’ Keely and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road – all of which I’ve also chaired Q&As for – as well as, preceding San Domino at Tristan Bates, Audrey Cefaly’s European premiere play The Gulf (and, yes, I’ve got a Q&A scheduled for that one too).
After the 2.30pm matinee performance of SAN DOMINO on Saturday 9 June 2018 at London’s Tristan Bates Theatre, I’ll chair a post-show Q&A with the cast and creative team.