Sami, 16

Having had a workshop prior to the show, I thought I would be bored by it because there was little to still be surprised about. I was wrong. Throughout the show, I felt confused despite having had the whole plot explained to me; I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is. I always felt like an outsider during the play, perhaps like you do with most plays, but this time it was different. As it was set in Italy, and a lot of the dialogue between the actors was in Italian, I constantly felt like I was missing out on key information. I know a director would never do that, but I still felt like I was missing out on something important. I constantly found myself trying to pick out little words and piece together the little – emphasis on the little – Italian I did know and figure out what was being said. Later I realised I became like Gilderoy. A new person to a new place where everyone was already familiar with one another and desperately trying to fit in; I was trying to understand the language and Gilderoy was trying to make friends. I also felt attacked during the play when the actors touched on gender stereotypes. As a girl, it was interesting for me to visually see how women were treated particularly in the film industry. You always hear about how badly women were treated in the past, but through this play I got to understand that discrimination against women wasn’t always explicit. A lot of the time, people didn’t even know that it was happening., And all women certainly did not burn their bras or protest against the way they were treated like it is portrayed in history/sociology textbooks. I wanted to stand up for Silvia and Carla but also had to remember where I was. This reminded me of a quote Silvia said: ‘silence is the sound of real fear’.