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Cid Andrenelli


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Cid Andrenelli lives between Italy and Sri-Lanka and works as a writer and artist. Over the years I've made a series of documentaries in Sri-Lanka, 'Sabines Holiday Resort' and 'The Dumb Girl'. I filmed the documentary, 'Diary of an Iranian musician' (original title - Diario di una Musicista) and have written several plays including 'The Uxoricide' (original title - Il caso di un uxoricida). In my art work I use two mediums batik and oil painting, at present I am working on a collection of portraits of the most infamous Italian mafia bosses which can be seen on Saatchi online gallery. I love reading satire, plays, literary fiction and poetry and I'm interested in writing which highlights freedom and human rights with irony and humour. Best of all I like fiction that pushes the boundries; I use a fusion of literary styles in my writing combining narrative, poetry and play.

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Burqa Master, The

Burqa Master, The

The Burqa master is a paradoxical drama and comedy following the lives of an Iranian father and son exiled in London. The old man, a diabetic sugar addict is lost between the mosque and Turkish delight. He shoots up insulin passing from stupor and self-pity to holy fervour, crashing about, shouting sermons and dropping syringes around the house. His son Hamid, living the Muslim paradise here and now, tries to humour his father by working in the family shop and taking part in the dawn prayers accompanied by Muezzin chants on the ghetto blaster. But Hamid also has a secret life recruiting female shop clients to sex sessions. Disguised as a widow in a burqa he gives 'English lessons' to these Muslim housewives in the privacy of their bedrooms, while their husbands happily pay. The precarious harmony between father and son is destroyed by a series of accidents which are farcical yet tragic, causing the old man to relive a dark secret buried in his faded memories as he relives his own public flogging for a crime he'd commit again given the chance.

The author decided to tell the same story two times. The novel introduces you to the characters and their secrets, the play brings on stage the reality. A satirical comedy in which you recognize someone you may know in the characters. A family portrait in fact, to remind that desire doesn't have a morality neither religion. Go for it !

1st Produced:
Teatro di Cestello, Florence, Italy    2001


1st Published:
Feedaread, Marysan Editions, May 2012   978-1781763445


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Drama Satire Comedy

Male:  6            Female:  5            Other:  1

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