The port of Trieste hosts Roberto Abbiati’s play “A tempest in a seapot”

It will be just like being at sea, surrounded by the sounds of the ocean, sitting in the hold of the Pequod whaling ship, in search of self-discovery and the gigantic Moby Dick. From Friday, 24 May to Sunday, 26 May, Lloyd Tower in Trieste will host a performance of Roberto Abbiati’s play “Una tazza di mare in tempesta”, a play inspired by Herman Melville’s famous novel. Featuring Abbiati himself as the lead actor, as well as Johannes Schlosser and original music by Fabio Besana.

Held at the Teatro degli Incamminati, this intense, delicate, and surprising theatre experience will be offered to the city of Trieste by the Port System Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea as a cultural celebration of the 300th anniversary of the institution of the Trieste Free Port.

“On the 300th anniversary of the Free Port of Trieste and the 200th anniversary of the birth of the literary genius Herman Melville, we will turn the Port of Trieste into Nantucket, the starting point for whaling ships sailing off in search of fortune and adventure” explains the actor and director Roberto Abbiati. “Now as then, ports are the starting point for great commercial enterprises and epic adventures, just like the one that pitted Ishmael against the ocean. Celebrating a major commercial port such as Trieste’s with a theatre performance that depicts the actions, thoughts, and desires of fearless sailors is our tribute to the port and city of Trieste on this historic anniversary”.

Through the evocative power of the spoken word, Abbiati-Ishmael will take the audience – sitting in a special installation recalling the hold of a whaling ship – on a thrilling journey through sounds and small objects that bring to mind some of the human soul’s core elements and instincts. Sailing through frightening ocean storms and hunting down whales, small groups of 20 spectators will listen to the tales of Captain Ahab and his crew, an experience that will unfold all around the audience through sounds, light effects, and sensations of days gone by.

Anyone interested in attending the performance must register online via Eventbrite starting Monday, 20 May. For more information see

24 May at 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 21:30
25 May at 11:00, 16:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 21:30
26 May at 11:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00

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