In Summer 2009, Vivid Dreams Productions presented

THE DOORBELLS OF FLORENCE

Rosemary Branch Theatre, London. It was performed 12 - 31 May 2009.




"Go and see it - I hope you'll come away as inspired as I was"-- Green Ink Girl

"Four stars... a piece that will take you for a brief moment out of the crushing mundanity of everyday life and into a world filled with wonder."-- Fringe Review

"It's beautifully done. From the stage set to the story telling, the performance has the elegance, simplicity and romance of an old Florentine alleyway."-- Extra! Extra!

"Allow yourself to be charmed"-- The Londonist

Ring a random doorbell. Who answers?

Adapted from an award-winning book, The Doorbells of Florence is a performance of raw storytelling at its very best. A collection of photographs of real doorbells in Florence. Stories of failed detectives and fated love, chance encounters and a secret beneath the floorboards. Two unnamed storytellers take you on a journey through a strange and mystical Italian city not unlike our own. Step through the doorway and discover new worlds.

Wandering around Florence one day, Andrew Losowsky started to take pictures of doorbells. He put the images on photo site Flickr, each one accompanied with a short story detailing the life of the supposed inhabitant. This started the online writing genre 'Flicktion', and his stories went on to win the Blooker award for Fiction in 2007. The stories are now being put on stage by award-winning director Tom Wright.

Andrew Losowsky's stories have appeared in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Time Out, Wired and The Believer. He was editorial director of Le Cool's Weird and Wonderful Guidebooks, and is a co-founder of The Museum On Site. The Doorbells of Florence (Chronicle Books) was his first fiction book.

Tom Wright, the director, has worked at the Young Vic (on the C4 Director's Scheme), Bristol Old Vic, West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Royal Shakespeare Company. In 2007, he directed The Container, which won a Fringe First award.


"Terrific. Much more fun than anything else I have seen this year." - Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat



Written by Andrew Losowsky
Directed by Tom Wright
Produced by Alex Mercer