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Theatre and Gender Performance: WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa

Theatre and Gender Performance: WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa Theatre and Gender Performance WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa Elena Bellina The POWer Song we all more or less [. . .] do the best we can. you are in bad shape at war If you get malaria or typhus you eat little you still eat corned beef. you sleep on the floor Let’s be honest women, unfortunately, definitely at war there are none you are in bad shape. he POWer Song (La canzone del POWiere) was one of the most popular cabaret pieces performed by Captain Mario Felli and his brother Giorgio in T 1942 while detained in POW Officer Camp 356 A in Eldoret, Kenya. This camp was one of the largest built in East Africa by British military authorities to confine the Italian Fascist soldiers captured in Africa and in the Mediterranean during World War II. In his unpublished memoir How I Saw a Corner of Africa, Mario Felli provides copious details about how he used to perform the piece with “The Borodin Quartet,” an ensemble composed of the two brothers along with officers Visentin and De Poltronieri, on the camp’s theatre stage built by the Italian internees. The POWer Song represented the iconic http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art MIT Press

Theatre and Gender Performance: WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa

PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art , Volume 40 (3): 12 – Sep 1, 2018

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Theatre and Gender Performance WWII Italian POW Camps in East Africa Elena Bellina The POWer Song we all more or less [. . .] do the best we can. you are in bad shape at war If you get malaria or typhus you eat little you still eat corned beef. you sleep on the floor Let’s be honest women, unfortunately, definitely at war there are none you are in bad shape. he POWer Song (La canzone del POWiere) was one of the most popular cabaret pieces performed by Captain Mario Felli and his brother Giorgio in T 1942 while detained in POW Officer Camp 356 A in Eldoret, Kenya. This camp was one of the largest built in East Africa by British military authorities to confine the Italian Fascist soldiers captured in Africa and in the Mediterranean during World War II. In his unpublished memoir How I Saw a Corner of Africa, Mario Felli provides copious details about how he used to perform the piece with “The Borodin Quartet,” an ensemble composed of the two brothers along with officers Visentin and De Poltronieri, on the camp’s theatre stage built by the Italian internees. The POWer Song represented the iconic

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PAJ: A Journal of Performance and ArtMIT Press

Published: Sep 1, 2018

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