Gavino di Vino

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Nour Hassaine

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YOURSELF?

My name is Gavino di Vino. I’m a writer, performer and am studying Russian and Spanish at UCL.

PRACTICE?

My play, ‘AUNTIE’ is a tragi-comedy which focusses on the lives of a conservative, dominant mother and her gay son from the fictional African nation of ‘Kengeria’, dealing with the British class system, racism, gentrification and homophobia. I’d love to translate it and perform it in French, Spanish and maybe even Russian as our world’s colonial heritage makes my themes universal.

'Nascita di Vino’ is an autobiographical piece looking at my own relationship with social mobility and growing up poor in Britain. I find humour in the horror of ignorance and contrast it with the character 'Gavino di Vino’ I have created, a multi-lingual, glamorous performer who juggles several cultures and identities.

DREAM COLLABORATION?

I would love to work with Almodovar because my ability to speak Spanish would open up a completely different world of creativity and culture. The work he created, especially just after the death of Franco, is incredible. I believe the way I choose to live my life, which defies class, cultural and gender norms, has parallels with his philosophy.

LONDON?

Being British, London is my capital city. I see it as a trampoline to all the other major cities of the world as it’s a truly international place where you can learn any language or learn about any culture you want. I love how I’m able to meet such a diverse group of creatives who can open the world to me, and I’m often lucky enough to be able to speak to them in their native tongue!

SSSHAKE?

I expect it to put myself and my work in front of the right people in a way that life in such a busy city as London doesn’t always facilitate. With SSSHAKE, incredible collaborations and friendships would be just around the corner!

YOURSELF?

My name is Gavino di Vino. I’m a writer, performer and am studying Russian and Spanish at UCL.

PRACTICE?

My play, ‘AUNTIE’ is a tragi-comedy which focusses on the lives of a conservative, dominant mother and her gay son from the fictional African nation of ‘Kengeria’, dealing with the British class system, racism, gentrification and homophobia. I’d love to translate it and perform it in French, Spanish and maybe even Russian as our world’s colonial heritage makes my themes universal.

'Nascita di Vino’ is an autobiographical piece looking at my own relationship with social mobility and growing up poor in Britain. I find humour in the horror of ignorance and contrast it with the character 'Gavino di Vino’ I have created, a multi-lingual, glamorous performer who juggles several cultures and identities.

DREAM COLLABORATION?

I would love to work with Almodovar because my ability to speak Spanish would open up a completely different world of creativity and culture. The work he created, especially just after the death of Franco, is incredible. I believe the way I choose to live my life, which defies class, cultural and gender norms, has parallels with his philosophy.

LONDON?

Being British, London is my capital city. I see it as a trampoline to all the other major cities of the world as it’s a truly international place where you can learn any language or learn about any culture you want. I love how I’m able to meet such a diverse group of creatives who can open the world to me, and I’m often lucky enough to be able to speak to them in their native tongue!

SSSHAKE?

I expect it to put myself and my work in front of the right people in a way that life in such a busy city as London doesn’t always facilitate. With SSSHAKE, incredible collaborations and friendships would be just around the corner!

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