Franca Viola was the first woman in Italy to refuse to marry her rapist. She said NO, a short word that can change the world.

In 1966 Franca Viola became the first Italian woman to take to court a cultural convention that would have her marry her rapist Filippo Melodia, a mafia youngster. She changed the course of justice and opened the path for other women to follow, reinforcing the importance of law and the justice system to protect civil rights.

Women all over history used the power of refusal to change the society they lived in, their NO became a model of resistance to any form of violence and abuse. But what does it take to say such a NO?

Praise for previous work:
★★★★ “This is one of those rare productions that makes you think long and hard about a subject, without even realising it’s had that affect on you.” Theatre Weekly
★★★★ “Expressive and genuinely hilarious. A strong and stable satire.” Broadway World

Engine Room: FRANCA SAYS NO will be performed live on Zoom. Book below to reserve a free spot.

Engine Room is Omnibus Theatre’s regular scratch programme, giving theatre makers and artists the opportunity to develop and test up to 20-minutes of work in development.

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4 Aug
Age Recommendation
Content Warning
Mention of sexual abuse.
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