Il Tabarro at the Arcola Theatre – Grimeborn Festival

Opening the 2012 Grimeborn Festival was Il Tabarro, a Giacomo Puccini Opera beautifully directed by Aylin Bozok.The story is set on a barge, cleverly visualised by surtitles that rock slowly as if giving the effect of the boat rocking.

Michele and Giorgetta, run the barge as husband and wife but one day things go too far with Luigi, a worker at the barge when he dances with Giorgetta and they feel drawn to each other. When Michele decides Luigi is no longer needed for work and tries to dismiss him,  Luigi’s love for Giorgetta is so strong he decides his only option is to kill Michele and a fight ensues.

Il Tabarro (the cloak) features a stunning black cape that appears out of the floor and encapsulates Michele and Giorgetta in a loving embrace. When the cloak disappears it reveals Luigi, dead on the floor.

This beautiful performance is intensely powerful and the detail in incredible for a small theatre.

If something this good can be put on in a tent, I can only imagine what director Aylin Bozok could achieve in a larger venue!


Music Director – Philip Voldman

Production Design – IOGIG Ltd.

Photo credit:  ©Desmond Chewyn