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#PlayBack: Sorry, boys by Marta Cuscunà



#PlayBack: Sorry, boys by Marta Cuscunà

Sorry, boys by Marta Cuscunà

Dialogues about a secret agreement for 12 cut-off heads

Freely inspired by real events in Gloucester, Massachusetts.



"It starts as a gossip in the high school in Gloucester. There are 18 pregnant girls - 4 time more than the normal one – and it seems not to be an accident for all of them. The history arrives in the city: some of the girls would have planned together the pregnancy, as part of a secret agreement, to grow up the children in a sort of feminine commune.
When the headmaster speaks about it on a national newspaper, it becomes a media event and the private life of the 18 girls shocked all the community in Gloucester. Journalists from Australia to Great Britain, from Brasil to Japan crowded the city trying to find an explanation to this disturbing agreement. But they remain empty handed, because the community keep quiet upset that the sexual life of their daughters became the gossip of the talk show all over the world. The Gloucester 18 is a documentary where some of those girls speak distant from the public eye, for the first time. One of them admits to have decided to create a new little world and a new family after being present at a terrible feminicide. The discovery was for me an alarming sign."


"I continued looking for news about Gloucester to understand in which social context could arise the idea of such a disturbing agreement. So I found another documentary Breaking our silence in which the chief of police explains that his department in Gloucester received every day reports of male family violence. He reports impressive datas: 380 calls for domestic violence in one year (more than ore per day) and 179 arrests. In a community of 30.000 citizens. But the most interesting is that the documentary reveals how this situation pushes 500 men to organize a march in the streets of the city to become aware the community on the problem. They define themselves: men against violence. In the interviews, most of them declare they felt the necessity to do something personally because the masculine violence is a women’s problem (who are subjected to it) but only men can really solve it, changing the male dominant mentality that continues to produce these tragedies. The idea on the basis of Sorry, boys is that the conjunction of the agreement between the 18 girls and the march of the men is not a coincidence in Gloucester and is related to the model of masculinity that the society imposes to men."


In the black of the scene, two lines of cut-off heads. Hanging up. On one side adults. Parents, the headmaster, the female nurse of the school. On the other side the young teenage fathers.
The all hang up as hunting trophies, all nailed to the wall by a story that found them unprepared.
They can afford to understand the reasons of a maternity agreement between teenagers, but they will always nail to the wall.
The heads of the photo series We are beautiful realized by the 26-years old photographer Antoine Barbot in 2012 during his internship at Erwin Olaf’s studio are the inspiration to project and create the scenic machines in “Sorry, boys”.


Sorry, boys is the third stage of Marta Cuscunà's project about Female Resistance.


"I was born in Monfalcone, little working class city known for the boatyard where the biggest cruises are built and for the sad record of high number of death for illness caused by asbestos. The most significant part of my education path started in Prima del Teatro: Scuola Europea per l’Arte dell’Attore where I met some great masters of contemporary theatre: Joan Baixas (visual theatre); José Sanchis Sinisterra (dramaturgy); Christian Burgess and many others. In 2006 I premièred abroad in Merma Neverdies, puppets show by Joan Mirò, directed by Joan Baixas and produced by Elsinor-Barcelona exclusively for Tate Modern Gallery in London. In 2007 I participated to Indemoniate, show by Giuliana Musso e Carlo Tolazzi, directed by Massimo Somaglino. In May 2009 I came back to Spain to work in the show Zoé, inocencia criminal, a production of the Compañía Teatre de la Claca di Barcellona, directed by Joan Baixas. In June 2009 I premièred with my first original performance È bello vivere liberi! Progetto di teatro civile per un'attrice, cinque burattini e un pupazzo as author and actress. In 2011, thanks to a scholarship, I took part in ...Think only this of me... original project for actors and musicians from Guildhall School of Music and Drama of Londra, directed by Christian Burgess. In 2012 I realized my second original project La semplicità ingannata. Satira per attrice e pupazze sul lusso d'esser donne. In 2013 I realized for the Gaypride in Vicenza the reading The beat of Freedom and then I perform Glauce in La città ha fondamenta sopra un misfatto, theatral re-writing of Medea by Christa Wolf, written and directed by Giuliana Musso. In 2014 I premièred with Wonder Woman, a reading written and performed with Giuliana Musso and Antonella Questa, starting from the investigative report of Silvia Sacchi and Luisa Pronzato, journalists of Corriere della Sera that explores the theme of the financial feminine independence. In 2015 I premièred with Sorry, boys third original performance of the project on Female resistance. Since 2009 I’m part of the project Fies Factory of Centrale Fies."


2019 Premio Hystrio - Altre Muse
2018 Premio della Critica - ANCT
2017 Premio Rete Critica
2016 Finalist Premio Ubu as best actress/perfomer
2013 Premio Franco Enriquez
2013 Premio Città Impresa
2012 Premio Last seen for the best show of the year
2012 Honorable mention Premio Eleonora Duse
2011 Finalist Premio Virginia Reiter as best actress under 35
2010 Finalist Premio Ubu as best actress under 30
2009 Premio Scenario per Ustica


Date: Da Monday, June 01, 2020 a Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : Free