Tricolore Theatre Company
Tricolore Theatre Company was set up by Nadia Ostacchini in 2007 with the aim of promoting international theatre culture, and Italian theatre in Particular.
Tricolore is a non-profit-making company. All money raised through the shows, fundraising efforts, and from donations is invested back into their projects and productions.
Their productions have included rehearsed readings and full performances of plays by Pirandello, an evening featuring reading of the poems of Giacomo Leopardi set to original music at the Italian Cultural Institute, a bilingual English/Italian version of the classic children's story “The Gingerbread Man” ,”L'Ometto di Pan Pepato”, and bilingual storytelling sessions for children, incorporating poetry, music, games, and stories for under-tens.
Tricolore’s second bilingual production for family entertainment, “La Catena d'Oro”, “The Golden Chain”, set in the Commedia dell'Arte tradition, was premiered in London in June 2012.
In 2010 Tricolore's production of “The Condor and the Maiden” was premiered at the King's Head Theatre in London. In the same year Tricolore started its first bilingual creative writing course for children.
In the 2008 Tricolore took part in the Teatroshorts Festival with a Pirandello production: “The Man with a Flower in His Mouth”.
Tricolore has performed at the Italian Cultural Institute in London, the Cambridge Italian club, the Italian school at the Scalabrini centre, St Peters Italian Children’s Club, the Italian Bookshop in London's West End, and the stage of RADA, one of the UK’s most prestigious drama schools.
They also have an annual book /dvd fair with bilingual children's books sold for a small amount, together with Italian learning dvds for both kids & adults to fundraise for their shows.
Even though all the performers involved in Tricolore are professional actors they support the Italian community by offering to Italian organisations a community fee, which is effectively lower than the rate for larger organisations.
They also performed for free in a fundraising event for the (then) new proposed Italian school in Holland Park in December of 2009.
Among Tricolore’s future plans is to expand the bilingual English/Italian storytelling sessions for children. These interactive educational sessions not only enhance children’s language abilities but also introduce them to traditional Italian stories and songs. To date Tricolore has run several of these sessions at the Italian Cultural Institute and at schools in London, and they would like to take these activities to other venues.