Io mi chiamo Lina Sastri titles her show.
Accompanied by great musicians, Lina Sastri revisits her long professional carrier, alternating songs to thoughts and memories.
Born in Neaples, she was very young when she begun acting for the Eduardo De Filippo's acting company, who actually soon recognised her talent.
"Acting is a vocation, you are called to do that. In other words, you cannot do anything else than that" Lina states.
"Every time I played Filomena Marturano, a tear came out of my eyes" Lina recalls "And I remember Edoardo disapproving that by saying that the audience would get distracted by my tears. So, Edoardo used to recommend me to work on transmitting such a feeling to the audience and make them crying. I have not succeeded yet in doing that" Lina confesses.
After theatre, cinema knocked on my door. My first movie was Il prefetto di ferro shot by Pasquale Squittieri. Then, I acted for Nanny Moretti in Ecce Bombo.
However the "red carpet" arrived with the Nanny Loy's cult movie Mi manda Picone in which I starred with Giancarlo Giannini, a great actor.
Lina has a fantastic voice.
She sings songs not only of the classical Neapolitan repertoire, but also few Pino Daniele's ones such as Chi tene o'mare and Napul'e.
"I don't distinguish people in southern and northern, but in those who live on the sea and in the upcountry".
"People mixing up and cultural contamination generates very interesting things" Lina says.
She seems inviting us on getting rid of fears concerning the massive immigration of people escaping war and starvation. Because as she says "the sea doesn't have barrier nor borders"
Please let me spend few words on the Mercadante theatre, and its role in propelling the cultural life of Altamura.
Refurbished a couple of years ago after decades of decadence, this wonderful theatre, as stressed by Lina Sastri, hosts great events on weekly basis.
You are highly invited to experience such elegant, tiny theatre.