Diary of an Expat

DIARY OF AN EXPAT is a relevant and thought-provoking 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.


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)

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.

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All enquiries, high res images and further information:
Chloé Nelkin, Chloé Nelkin Consulting
E:, M: 07764 273 219


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