Anne Hamilton/Hamilton Dramaturgy


EUROPA, OUR FIRST MIGRANT

EUROPA, OUR FIRST MIGRANT

Margaret Rose, an English playwright working in Italy, has been a guest columnist for ScriptForward!, sharing her expertise on the subject of international translation and collaboration. One of her new translations from Italian to English will premiere at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this month.

An Italian-Scottish collaboration, Europa, Our First Migrant is a brand new play, drawing on the Greek myth, ‘The Rape of Europa”.  Europa, daughter of the King of Phoenicia, is abducted by the god Zeus, disguised as a bull. Having settled on Crete, this young woman gives birth to three children, including the Minotaur, so engendering the first Europeans. Her brother Cadmus sets off to find her and circulates the alphabet in the new Continent.

The play rewrites the myth, exploring what it means to be European today in a continent which is fast changing. In an often surprising game between past and present, a modern-day Europa and Zeus undertake the journey of the mythical figures from Phoenicia (modern-day Lebanon) to Crete, ending up in Scotland. Here Europa discovers that her new country is very different from the Fantarcadia she had been dreaming of.

Europa our First Migrant (English adaptation by Maggie Rose) is based on an Italian play, Europa Migrante (by Salvatore Cabras). Directed by Joe Gallagher and produced by Glasgow’s Replico Company, the play will be performed at the Italian Cultural Institute, 82 Nicolson Street in Edinburgh on the 23rd and 24th of August at 5pm. It will then embark on a two week island and Highlands tour. The production is funded by Creative Scotland, with the support of the Italian Institute of Culture.

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