Looking for Alibrandi [Melbourne]

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Friday July 22, 2022
7:30 PM


Malthouse Theatre
113 Sturt Street
Southbank, Victoria 3006

Auslan Interpreter/s

Amber Richardson & Linda D'Ornay

Language/ Cultural Consultant

Cate Dunn


From $55 (click on Stalls on seating map)

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The beloved Australian classic novel and groundbreaking film comes to the mainstage for the first time in July 2022.


Josie Alibrandi is in her final year of high school. Whip-smart and aspirational, she is a third-generation Italian teenager and scholarship kid, with the shadow of a family curse and a penchant for rulebreaking. Juggling grades, boys, and the claustrophobia of an overbearing nonna and saintly mother, Josie’s life becomes tangled in the webs of class, identity, and family history as she finds her place in a changing world.


Iconic novel and cult movie, Looking for Alibrandi is the honest and empowered portrait of 1990s Mediterranean culture that spoke for the first time about systemic racism in Australia from a migrant perspective. It defined a generation and to this day resonates with those caught in the stranglehold of identity and othering in this country. Director Stephen Nicolazzo (LoadedMerciless Gods) brings Melina Marchetta’s best-selling novel to the mainstage for the first time, where Vidya Rajan’s adaptation will join three generations of women in a passionate, heart wrenching, and unmissable rendering of the Australian classic.


Starring Chanella Macri (Australian Realness), Lucia Mastrantone, and Jennifer Vuletic (Because The Night) as the Alibrandi women with Ashley LyonsHannah Monson, and John Marc Desengano (The Lockdown Monologues).

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