This modern family saga chronicles the lives of friends, Elena and Lila, following them from their childhoods in a poor, tough neighbourhood of Naples, through passionate love affairs, burgeoning careers and family struggles. But even as life repeatedly tries to pull the two in separate directions, Elena and Lila remain inextricably bound to one another.
A powerful story of love, violence, sex, ambition, genius and self-destruction, the two-part play is an exploration not just of female friendship and rivalry, but of Italy after World War 2 and the decades of political turmoil and cultural change that followed.
Regarded as one of the most exciting and compelling contemporary literary voices today, Elena Ferrante was chosen as one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people on the planet. Very little, however, is known about the author – he or she writes under a pseudonym, saying: ‘anonymity lets me concentrate exclusively on writing’. Her first novels were published in the early 1990s, with My Brilliant Friend, the first novel in the Neapolitan quartet, translated into English in 2012, and the final book in the quartet, The Story of the Lost Child, shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.
To celebrate the world premiere of My Brilliant Friend, starring Niamh Cusack and Catherine McCormack and directed by Melly Still, Rose Theatre Kingston is offering three lucky winners and their ‘brilliant friends’ the chance to win fabulous prizes, including a dream trip to Naples.
To enter the competition, all you need to do is post a short story, a photo with a caption and/or a short video clip about your brilliant friend on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #RoseBrilliant.
Winners will be chosen by the theatre and the first prize is a trip to Naples for two people, plus two top-priced tickets to My Brilliant Friend, souvenir programme and interval drinks for the show on 2 April.
The second prize is two top-priced tickets to see My Brilliant Friend with a souvenir programme and interval drinks for the show on 25 March, plus dinner for two at Jackson & Rye Kingston and an overnight stay at DoubleTree Hilton in Kingston on the same night. You’ll also receive a voucher worth £200 to spend at Bentalls with a personal shopping service.
The third prize is two top-priced tickets to see My Brilliant Friend, plus a souvenir programme, interval drinks and overnight stay at DoubleTree Hilton in Kingston on 18 March.
To be in with a chance of winning tickets, share your photo, story or video using the hashtag #RoseBrilliant by 24 March 2017. One entry per person. To find out more, click here