Angela’s Kitchen cooks up a family story

Paul Capsis, the star of Angela’s Kitchen.In one of the highlights of the theatrical year, Paul Capsis is coming to Wollongong with his sell-out solo show.

Even Capsis – who is no stranger to success on the stage – has been overwhelmed by the reaction to Angela’s Kitchen.

The show tell the story of how his beloved grandmother migrated to Australia from war-torn Malta.

He plays a number of characters, including his grandmother, who was a formative figure in his life.

‘‘I hear my grandmother’s voice,’’ Capsis said.

‘‘Even though I am doing it, I am hearing her.

‘‘My grandmother is with me all the time.

‘‘She likes that I am telling the stories, but doesn’t know why people would be interested.’’

The show has attracted large numbers of migrants and their descendants, and Capsis is hopeful that the Illawarra will prove a fertile market.

‘‘People say things like: ’You brought my mother and father back to life in an hour and 20’,’’ he said.

‘‘They say: ’I’m bringing my children because they need to understand who I am, or who their grandparents are’.’’

Angela’s Kitchen plays at the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from August 28 to September 1.

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