The Poor Kitchen


About the play:

The Poor Kitchen was staged at the Old 505 Theatre, as part of the FreshWorks Season, from 2nd to 6th February 2016.

“The anarchists are crazy, but better than the fascists.”

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 funny and deeply moving; a fascinating exploration of the personal, the political and the pasta!



“A brilliant piece of writing…. superb casting… Highly recommended.” Lisa Thatcher

“Venue and production are to be applauded…The Poor Kitchen deserves a remount.” Australian Stage Online

“Excellent performances…I would certainly be happy to spend a little more time with these fascinating characters.” What’s On Sydney

“An enjoyable, satisfying, thoughtful production.” Sydney Arts Guide

“Daniela Giorgi’s script is both thoughtful and insightful…. colourful characters keep us entertained.” Suzy Goes See


Cast and creatives:

Actors: Mark Langham, Samantha Meisner, Katrina Rautenberg, Randa Sayed and Benjamin Winckle

Director: Paul Gilchrist                                                                                                                 Assistant Director: Kit Bennett

Set and Costume Design: Rebecca Mills
Lighting Design: Liam O’Keefe
Stage Manager and Sound Design: Tom Massey

The Poor Kitchen has been published by the Australian Script Centre and is available for purchase at