The Poor Kitchen


About the play:

The Poor Kitchen was first produced by subtlenuance at the Old 505 Theatre, in February 2016. It has also been produced by Patina Productions at Limelight Theatre in May 2019.

The Poor Kitchen has been published by Australian Plays. Copies of the script can be found at

“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

“a warm, embracing and heart touching tale about Italy and inheritance.”  Sydney Scoop


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