Stage craft

Set and props

Di Mambro gives minimal guidelines on stage setting. Although she makes it clear where scenes take place she does not provide detailed descriptions of these settings. This allows the director a lot of freedom and creativity.

A number of locations featured in the play – the shop, the backshop, ginger store, street, Hughie’s house. Both Scotland and Italy are reflected. Some scenes are short, so rather than rely on detailed sets, Di Mambro focuses on particular props to show where we are.

There are certain props that are necessary to the plot such as the bottles of ginger and Franco's letter.

Certain costumes are essential to the plot such as Lucia's new dress.


Sound is used to set the mood of certain scenes.

For example, in Scene 1 'Santa Lucia' playing softly: sound of mourning bell in background. This quickly establishes both the fact that there has been a death, and that we are in Italy.

The play has a small cast, so when the mob attacks this is conveyed by the sound design (Noise of brick bashing against boards) and through silhouettes carrying sticks and stones.

Stage directions

Sometimes Di Mambro provides the director with options in stage direction. Occasionally she makes suggestions and does not impose a definite way of directing scenes. For example, he starts to batter them (or whatever), maybe gets hanky out....

Stage directions are used to pace the characters' speech and show their mood. Their speech is punctuated with stage directions such as A beat and Pause. Their emotions are also shown through the stage directions such as: mildly miffed - Momentarily stunned / but impressed by the outburst.

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