Originally presented as part of Old 505 Theatre's 2016 Freshworks Program, Patina Productions is thrilled to present this beautiful new Australian play for a three week season in May.
Elle unexpectedly inherits an olive farm in Italy. The neighbours are colourful, the food is divine, but as she tucks into her tagliatelle, she finds herself at the table with the ghosts of a barbarous past. Set in southern Italy, THE POOR KITCHEN is a funny and deeply moving play that explores the personal, the political and the pasta!
"Two superbly talented Sydney ladies, playwright Daniela Giorgi and director Julie Baz, with their cast and crew, deliver a warm, embracing and heart touching tale about Italy and inheritance." (4 Stars) SYDNEY SCOOP
"By selecting the perfect cast, director Julie Baz has easily captured the exuberance and vitality of each character, nurturing and developing the delicious performances delivered by all. Playwright Daniela Giorgi has carefully crafted the memorable narrative." SYDNEY ARTS GUIDE
"The design and direction of the piece is nothing short of masterful. A unique and touching piece...It’s more than worth your time to check it out." THEATRE TRAVELS
"Engaging with enormous themes, such as climate change, spousal abuse, immigration, chaos theory and determinism, Daniela Giorgi spins a beautiful story with The Poor Kitchen whose light comedy and warmth of connection belie the profundity of the themes." LISA THATCHER
"Funny, but also has something to say about family tensions, community, immigration, agriculture, and the cultural clash between rural Italy and urban Australia...well crafted." STAGE WHISPERS


THE POOR KITCHEN by Daniela Giorgi

Director Julie Baz

Designer David Jeffrey


Amy Victoria Brooks – ELLE/SOFIA

Taylor Buoro – ANNA

David Jeffrey – VITTORIO/ALDO

Wendi Lanham – GIULIA

Myles Waddell – CARLO/ROBERTO

8-26 May 2019

8.15pm Wed-Sat, 5.15pm Sun

$32 full | $27 concession | $22 cheap Wed & previews

Running time 100 minutes including a 15 minute interval



Daniela Giorgi As a writer Daniela's credits include: Talc, produced by subtlenuance in 2010; Sicilian Biscotti, a short play written and produced for the launch of Women, Power, Culture at New Theatre in 2011; Friday produced in 2013 by Sydney Independent Theatre Company at the Old Fitz; The Poor Kitchen produced as part of the Old 505 Theatre's Fresh Works Season in 2016. She co-wrote Shut Up And Drive with Paul Gilchrist, which was produced at KXT in 2016. And her most recent play Seed Bomb was produced as part of the Old 505 Theatre's Fresh Works Season in 2019. She has also had short stories, poetry and fiction published and blogs at


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