One of the slogans coined by Peter Brook was “necessary theatre”. Defying the adverse conditions of the Sabina area, with its challenging morphology, meteorology and sociology, one brave little theatre company has metabolised the place into its DNA, finding in this tough habitat its raison d'être. How? By becoming the representation of a community, its needs and its problems, and by radically redefining the concept of theatre in the relentless pursuit of what to speak about. Stories "dug out" of the local area, from the oral histories of the partisans, the experience of patients in the Rieti mental health daycare centre and the imaginations of local schoolchildren. A type of Socratic craftsmanship reminiscent of home births carried out by a midwife - effective, powerful and realised "with tooth and nail, without sleep, without eating, even by getting into debt,” as Lidia Di Girolamo passionately declares. All in the name of a necessity that they feel is essential: what to say and how to say it to all.
“You win people's trust in the field, especially in the provinces, in the towns, where everybody wants to know who you are and what you do”, says Andrea Maurizi. Andrea and Lidia, Elisa Maurizi, Valentina Plaza and Jessica Leti succeeded with the Officina Culturale della Bassa Sabina a project more than 400 pages long which won the regional competition for the fourth consecutive two-year period. Festivals, workshops and performances involving 20 municipalities. An ongoing stimulus, just like they themselves, with theatrical performances that have attracted the attention of the anti-Mafia association Libera and taken them from the Sabina to Sicily. And in the meantime, the assistance offered to associations working locally has turned into a relationship of mutual exchange. “Free and unstructured”, but linked by a solid bond of friendship and by a shared plan, the members of Condizioni Avverse wanted to leave, wanted to go far away, like the protagonists of the Lucio Dalla song. And instead they stayed.
The story of Condizioni avverse has been written by Elisabetta Flumeri and Gabriella Giacometti, writers.