Marrying Italian

REGISTRATION PAGE “Marrying Italian: When Love Is Not Enough”  – a story told with songs 

For those already registered, here are the rehearsal materials

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Join our open community choir and take part in this unique production, supporting our actors on stage in an open reading of this new work by Darebin local, Vivien Achia. This immersive cultural experience (Sing, Eat, Share) is for singers of all skill levels. A perfect chance to get involved, and not just watch a performance. It is free to be involved in the choir, but pre-registration is required – No exceptions!



  • Suitable for ages 18+
  • Cost to participate:  $0 – yep, FREE!
  • No acting-  just singing – learn 4-5 songs in Italian/ English
  • Rehearsal location: Darebin Intercultural Centre 59A Roseberry Ave, Preston, 3072
  • Rehearsal dates – 3 rehearsals only!
    • Monday 15th October 7pm-9:30pm
    • Monday 22nd October 7pm-9:30pm
    • Sunday 28th October 10am-12:30pm, followed by lunch and performance
  • FREE Italian feast for performers following final rehearsal
  • Performance following lunch
    • Sunday 28th October 3pm-4.30pm
    • Salvation Army Hall, 263 Gower Street, Preston
  • Register to sing:
    • An electronic information pack will be emailed to you
    • Online music files will be available three weeks before the event
  • For more information, including hardcopies of the information pack, please contact Vivien Achia, 0417149221
  • Supported by the Darebin City Council through a Darebin Community Grants Program and the Amateur Repertory Company (ARC) community choir, ARCappella


“Marrying Italian” explores the marriage of a native Australian girl from a farming background to an older Italian immigrant, who during his teenage years in Italy, survived WWII despite spending time as a partisan. His decision to trust a younger woman from a different cultural background was a brave one. From an idillic childhood on a farm in country Victoria to the battlefields of Anzio during WWII, from an easy life as a student in Melbourne to the hard life of a post-war immigrant, their lives were as different as lives could be, but despite cultural differences, they found much common ground. The role of family was central to each, as was the church in community life, and the love of food, the growing, cooking, and sharing of huge family meals. However the legacy of violence, changing alliances and tragedies Italians endured during WWII cast a long shadow over their lives.

To be a part of the non-performing audience of this debut reading of Marrying Italian, a limited number of free tickets can be obtained  here