Diary of an Expat


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LONDON THEATRE 1  


DIARY OF AN EXPAT is a solo show, directed by Katharina Reinthaller (Labels, Fringe First Winner 2015), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London – a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.
When she arrived in the UK from Italy, Cecilia’s mission began – trying to become British whilst remaining deeply Italian. She started her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle… kind of.
Now, after numerous dubious jobs and weird encounters, Cecilia finds herself alone among the chaos of multi-ethnic, glamorous London as the European dream of life abroad slowly drifts away.

Based on real testimonies as well as personal experiences, DIARY OF AN EXPAT looks at lives of Europeans abroad and their urgency to understand and explore what expatriating means for a younger generation. Confronting the legal technicalities of becoming a citizen of another country, Cecilia questions what role this will play on her identity and how we decide where we belong.


27th March, 7.30pm – ELECTRIC THEATRE, Guildford

2nd – 5th April, 7.30pm – ALPHABETTI THEATRE, Newcastle

11th – 12th May, 4.30pm – RIALTO THEATRE, Brighton Fringe

14th June, 7.30 pm – ST MICHAELS CHURCH Poole Road, Bournemouth

15th – 16th June, 7.30pm – THE CELLAR THEATRE, Sheffield

21th June, 7.30pm – PHOENIX, Exeter


Best Fringe Shows for Brexit Satire. These Brexit dramas all delivered wonderfully in their own way. If we can’t make Britain great again, we can at least make it funny.

Her performance is tinged with a British politeness, with criticisms introduced carefully, and the performance itself obedient of the best British theatrical traditions of farce. It’s a show that puts a human face on the consequences of Brexit, and needs to tour. THEATERSTUCK

When a show arouses this kind of empathy it not only proves its worth, but the worth of theatre as a medium, a medium that allows people to connect with their most honest selves, and reminds us that, when it comes to feelings, we all come from the same place.  LIVE LONDON POST

This is one of those rare productions that makes you think long and hard about a subject, without even realising it’s had that affect on you.


28th June, 7.15 pm- From the Forest Festival, EDFRINGE PREVIEW

5th July, 7.15pm – Buxton Fringe, EDFRINGE PREVIEW

28th July, 9pm – The Drayton Arms, EDFRINGE PREVIEW

2nd – 26th August, 1pm – Underbelly Cowgate (Belly Laugh)

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Project Details
  • writers: Cecilia Gragnani, Jvan Sica & Loredana de Michelis
  • director & dramaturg: Katharina Reinthaller
  • performer: Cecilia Gragnani
  • special guest: Steve Wickenden