Diary of an Expat

Diary of an Expat is a new solo show (directed by Katharina Reinthaller, Fringe First Winner 2015 with Labels), telling the comic story of the encounter between modern migrant Cecilia and London - a contemporary El Dorado craved by generations of young Europeans.

Upon arrival in London, Cecilia’s mission begins: becoming British whilst remaining deeply Italian. Join her as she navigates through her exciting life abroad with thrilling adventures, a successful career and a vibrant urban lifestyle... kind of.

Now, after numerous dubious jobs and weird encounters, Cecilia finds herself alone among the chaos of multi-ethnic, glamorous London whilst navigating the ever-present uncertainty of Brexit. Now turning her desires into reality has become a titanic endeavour as the European dream of life abroad slowly drifts away.


Cecilia Gragnani

Steve Wickenden (VO)


Writers: Cecilia Gragnani, Jvan Sica & Loredana de Michelis

Director/Dramaturg: Katharina Reinthaller

Sound Designer: Neil McKeown

Set Designer: Rasa Selemonavičiūtė

Lighting Designer:  Manuel Luigi Frenda

About the Company: Paper Smokers

We are a collective of storytellers founded in Italy by Cecilia Gragnani and Sara Urban, then expanded in London when Cecilia moved to finish her training in 2008. We focus on new writing and comedy. 

Our work includes theatre, music, installations, visual arts and film. We strongly believe in the value of international collaboration and the coming together of artists from different backgrounds as precious tools to interpret today’s world.

Our name comes from a poem written by the Italian writer Cesare Pavese. If you want to know more about him and read his poetry check out:


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Company Reviews

"Definitely one to watch" - Cecilia's Mum

Production Details

    Run Time:
  • One Act: 60 mins

  • Age Restrictions:
  • None

  • Tickets:
  • £10.00 Edinburgh Previews
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  • Sat 28th Jul 2018 - 9:00 pm
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