We’re bringing Italian theatre back to Brisbane!

Growl Theatre and Danteatro Brisbane present an Italian language production (with English surtitles).

We’re bringing Italian theatre back to Brisbane! After last year’s sell-out Italian language production, Danteatro and Growl Theatre are collaborating again to present a show entirely in Italian. With English translation displayed above the stage (surtitles) for those who don’t speak the language, or for hearing impaired.

commedia brillante in due atti di Faele e Romano
regia di Matteo Melzi
“Keeping up with the Brandolinis”
A comedy in two acts by Faele and Romano
Directed by Matteo Melzi


Keeping up appearances in front of the neighbours takes hard work and clever tactics. All the more so when we are in 1960s Italy, with the economy booming, incomes rising, and more and more households acquiring consumer goods such as a fridge, a car, or a television set. Meanwhile, young people are rebelling – embracing revolutionary politics, rock music and… yoga!

Teresa Brandolini’s mission of upholding her family’s dignity and respectability, while the neighbours flaunt their superior spending power, requires her to maintain an elaborate smokescreen for onlookers (‘fumo negli occhi’) – a labour of love into which her teenage daughter, eternal-student son and long-suffering husband are co-opted. When her arch-rival, signora De Marchi, brags that she is off to the Isle of Capri just for the weekend, Teresa plans her revenge, Brandolini-style! Will she win out in the reputation stakes, or will the antics of family members, the maid, and an oppressed, non-unionised burglar spin things wildly out of her control?