Sussurri [Whispers]

Loosely based on “The Time of Words in a Low Voice” by Anne-Lise Grobéty

with  Sara Cicenia, Chiara Leoncini, Irina Lorandi
text and direction  Riccardo Colombini
stage lamps  Omar Frau
shadows and silhouettes concept  Irina Lorandi, Riccardo Colombini

This story takes place in Germany in the 1930s.
Marie is a child like many others. She goes to school, she likes to play, especially with her friend Sarah. Her best friend.
They live next door to each other.
Marie also has an older sister, Kristine, and a father who is the best friend of Sarah’s father.
Kristine looks after Marie, is like a mother for her, even if sometimes Kristine wants to go away.
She feels that something terrible, something cruel, is coming. She listens to the radio; she is afraid and wants to run away. But she must look after Marie.
Meanwhile Marie continues to play with Sarah, unaware of everything.
Until one day things start to change.
The teacher says to Sarah to go and sit at the desk in the last row; then, she even stops her from coming to school.
Marie is sad. She misses her friend.
Kristine is increasingly worried. She always speaks in a low voice.
The only thing that shouts all the time is the radio, that Kristine turns on more and more often, and from it comes a bad, domineering, ferocious voice.
Marie is not able to put up with it any more. She’s tired of playing by herself. Of always having to speak in a low voice.
She would like to shout to the world that she and Sarah will be friends forever, but that is not possible.
One night, Sarah and her family go away forever. In a low voice.
And going away, leave to Marie and Kristine the most important thing they had: Sarah’s little sister…
Their friendship is something the men on the radio could never destroy.

Recommended age: 9+
Techniques used: acting, singing, shadow theatre
Running time: approx. 1 hr
Minimum stage size: 6 X 7 m
Total load current: 8 KV
Set-up time: approx. 3 hrs
Dismantling time: approx. 1 hr