Season 2012

Angela's Kitchen


A journey that begins at a kitchen table plunges into a sprawling family history and a fitting tribute to a much-loved matriarch.

In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out, leaving poverty and war behind. Her destination: Australia.

Told simply and truthfully, Angela’s Kitchen is a revealing and evocative piece of autobiographical theatre from Paul Capsis. By turns hilarious and deeply moving, the life of one of our most versatile performers and the love that inspired him unfolds with a stirring grace.

Paul’s supporting cast is the wealth of experience that an enormous family gave him, its dozens of members as complex and flawed as any creation of literature. Drenching it all is Angela’s love, the grandmother whose strength and fragility will resonate like the finest of arias, and whose journey came to echo the voyage of the twentieth century in miniature. A life lived in a kitchen, but one which reaches far beyond.

'a beautifully simple migration-and-return story, told superbly by Paul Capsis.' 


Capsis’ story will resonate with those who share his migrant heritage, his love of his grandmother or his memories of a dysfunctional family.’

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By / Paul Capsis and Julian Meyrick 
Directed by / Julian Meyrick
Associate Writer / Hilary Bell
Design / Louise McCarthy
Lighting Design / Verity Hampson
Sound Design / Alister Spence
Audio-Visual Design / Steve Toulmin
Performed by / Paul Capsis

Malthouse Theatre co-production with Griffin Theatre Company. 

Photography by / Garth Oriander