Voila’ Europe Festival, Cockpit Theatre – Nov 2018

A collaboration between Panta Rei Theatre, director Baris Celiloglu, the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University and the Cockpit Theatre.

In occasion of the Voila’ Europe Theatre Festival (5-18 Nov 2018) we have teamed up with Turkish award-winning director Baris Celiloglu to re-work on our latest production Finding Home. Here a few words about the piece:

An absurd one-woman show combining Commedia dell’Arte, storytelling and satire. It’s 1601: an actress is accused of witchcraft because of her astonishing ability to mesmerise her audiences. As her trial unfolds, an entire nation turns against her, hypnotised by fear and propaganda. Sound familiar?

Don’t You Dare! draws parallels between the violently oppressive indoctrination of the Catholic Inquisition and the hate speech of contemporary politics, weaving a narrative across centuries of mass hypnosis and vicious attacks on the arts and freedom of expression. Propaganda has always been used – and continues to be used – to demonise the vulnerable. But don’t worry: there is hope…and laughter. Never underestimate the subversive power of laughter!


Directed by Baris Celiloglu

Written & Performed by Chiara D’Anna

Light Designer: Jelmer Tuinstra
Photo by: Stephen Blunt