Lingua Franca follows innocent abroad Steven Flowers as he travels from National Service in South-East Asia to 1950s Florence. He soon finds himself working for a chaotically-run language school together with a cosmopolitan muddle of seven foreign misfits killing their post-war nihilism in the cafes of Florence, the cradle of Renaissance high culture.
Based on a main character in playwright Peter Nichols’s Privates On Parade, and inspired by his own experiences, Lingua Franca is both a damning indictment and a celebration of sexual freedom.
Nichols is the award-winning playwright of Privates On Parade, A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg, Passion Play, The National Health and Chez Nous. This is the world premiere of Lingua Franca.