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Paper Smokers present Diary of an Expat at St. Margaret’s House

Diary of an ExpatFaced with the possibility of having to leave her home of ten years, Cecilia is sharing her personal experience and testimonials of others to ask: what does it feel like to be an expat?

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. It looks at the road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the knocks your identity takes when no country claims you as their own. From amusing miscommunications to bewildering legal technicalities, Cecilia delves into the day-to-day of living in a country that can’t pronounce your surname.

When she arrived in the UK from Italy nine years ago, with a suitcase full of hopes, dreams and bags of pasta, 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 whilst navigating the ever-present uncertainty of Brexit. Now turning her desires into reality has become a titanic endeavour as the European dream of a life abroad slowly drifts away.

Based on real testimonies as well as personal experiences of writer Cecilia Gragnani, Diary of an Expat looks at the 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 in her identity and how we decide where we belong.

Before attending this event, please read our guidance on ways in which you can help reduce the risk of Covid-19 whilst at St Margaret’s House.

This is a mask-wearing event. All theatregoers at St Margaret’s House are required to bring a face mask with them to be worn during the show.

For any enquiries or questions about our Diary of an ExPat performance, please contact

Tuesday, 1st June 2021
19:30 – 21:00 GMT
St. Margaret’s House
21 Old Ford Road
London, E2 9PL

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/diary-of-an-expat-tuesday-1st-june-tickets-150536684275


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