A PLAY doesn’t need to have complex sets, glitz and glam to be hailed a success, and Ballarat’s Roland Rocchiccioli can attest to that.
For years, the Ballarat playwright has written language-based plays, taking the audience on emotional journeys through storytelling.
“It’s our stories that make things interesting and if we tell them in an interesting way, we can tell them unembellished,” Rocchiccioli said.
“The narrative has to make the spirit soar. That’s what all great plays do.”
Rocchiccioli’s latest offering The Greatest is Love is no different.
With a focus on dialogue, the play starts in war-torn London and tells the moving story of one couple through a collection of love letters spanning their life together.
Rocchiccioli said the play shed a personal light on the pain of separation during World War II and the struggle to return to normality afterwards.
He said the story was inspired by his dealings with famous actors and their experiences of life during wartime.
“I’ve used them as a reference but the story is not any of their experiences. It looks at the history of war, the things these people saw around them and I’ve also used my own knowledge.”
Having been launched in Brighton in the UK with Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, the play is set to be staged in London’s West End next year with the hope of making it to Broadway.
Acclaimed West End and Broadway theatre director Sean Mathias said he was brought to tears after reading the story.
“I turned every page of the script with excitement and fascination. I wanted to know every move, every thought, every detail about these two people,” he said.
“By the time I reached the end I would have fought off any other director who tried to take the play over from me.”
The Greatest is Love will have a showing at the Melbourne Town Hall this weekend.