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Jurassica by Dan Giovannoni


THEMES: Displacement, Identity, Home
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 – 6 Cast Members

“a deeply personal reflection about the idea or story of home and the Australian experience of being a child or grandchild of…


I go, running, downstairs, outside, go past a well and past Ugo house. All way until the village it nearly stop. Poi lo sento. Under the ground. Un brontolio.

Ralph and Sara left Tuscany in the 1950s as part of the ‘populate or perish’ scheme and built a new life in Melbourne. Kaja fled war-torn Belgrade in the 1990s; arriving in Australia felt like coming to paradise. Now working as an interpreter, Kaja is called to a hospital one night to help a young man reconnect with his grandfather.

Developed during his time as Resident Writer at Red Stitch, with Dramaturge Gary Abrahams, Dan Giovannoni’s magical new play, Jurassica, weaves the past and present together, exploring what it is to migrate, to be displaced and to spend the rest of your life searching for home.

Production History

Jurassica was first presented by Red Stitch Actors Theatre premiering October 9, 2015. The production was assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body, with the support of Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Melbourne.

2015 GREEN ROOM AWARD WINNER — Writing/Adaptation for the Australian Stage

ISBN: 978 1 925338 26 3

Additional information

Weight 0.250 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 0.5 cm


"It is a heartwarming tale, told beautifully with humour and pathos."

Critical Stages

"It will leave you feeling warm inside and reflect on what truly matters in life."

The AU Review

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