Celebrations for Italian literary great

Scots-Italian violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti is backing a new scholarship scheme based at Edinburgh, the Nicola Benedetti Scholarship Fund.

As part of the initiative, the Italian Department is bringing the British Premiere of Fabrizio Gifuni’s award-winning Italian show Gadda Goes to War to the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September, to coincide with the first Gaddus Scholars summer school.

The show, in Italian, with English surtitles, is based on Carlo Emilio Gadda’s first world war diaries and anti-Mussolini writings.

Award winning production

The production has won many major Italian awards of 2011, including a double Ubu Prize for Best Actor and Best Show of the Year and the Federico Fellini Prize. Gadda Goes to War has had 121 performances in one season and now comes to the Traverse sponsored by the Edinburgh Gadda Projects.

On both nights there will be a pre-show talk introducing the play. On Friday only, there will also be a post-show discussion, chaired by playwright Ann Marie Di Mambro, with the participation of screen writer Sergio Casci, actor Fabrizio Gifuni, playwright Nicola McCartney, theatre director Laura Pasetti (Piccolo Teatro Milan) and Federica Pedriali, Professor of Italian at Edinburgh and Project Director.

Scholarship awards

On Saturday, the pre-show will be complemented by a multimedia installation Hybridity, created by the International Junior Winners of the Edinburgh Gadda Junior Prize, six Scottish and six Italian boys and girls.

As part of the Award Ceremony for the Prize, Susanna Grazzini will receive her Nicola Benedetti Scholarship, the fourth such award since 2011.

The new Italian Diaspora Project funded by the Carnegie Trust and the Montecassino 2013 event, as part of that initiative, will be announced at the Award Ceremony.

This project showcases what’s strongest about education. It mobilises people to achieve their best.

Nicola Benedetti

The show is simply unmissable, and the other events, including the Awards Ceremony, all in turn exploit and generate a stage. Ultimately, the best ambassadors for the initiative will be those twelve International Gadda Juniors who will work together to create an installation from their own prize entries, short stories and other media portfolios, in homage to the hybridity of contemporary art forms – all to the motto: if Gadda is theatre, scholarship must be engagement.

Professor Federica PedrialiDirector of the project and Head of Italian