When Mal Pope first conceived the idea of a musical set in a cafe/bar he envisaged the audience being an intrinsic part of the production, sitting in the theatre, eating and drinking – the ultimate in audience participation. Now Mal’s plans have come to fruition with the launch of Cappuccino Girls evenings at Coast Italia in Swansea High Street.
Chef Michele De Vincenzo is from the Puglia region of Southern Italy and is married to Welsh born Delyth. They, along with their staff, served up plates of assorted Italian goodies including, prosciutto ham, cured salmon, frittata, bruschetta, olive and crostini, before the drama unfolded.
Coast Italia was also to host another evening out for us last month, when Steve Balsamo, who hails from Swansea and Rosalie Deighton launched their debut album ‘Unfolding’. This really is a great place for live music – the acoustics were perfect and the intimate atmosphere made a pleasant change from the usual vast stadiums and concert halls that we have become used to.
Balsamo Deighton were very easy listening – their music has been influenced by a diverse mix of perfor-mers – a quote from their website pretty much sums them up Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, Crowded House, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Bryan Adams and Douglas Adams, Balsamo Deighton’s songs pretty much nod and wink to them all.
All this was accompanied by more of Michele’s wonderful Italian food. I can see that Coast Italia is going to be our ‘go-to’ place for entertainment as well as food.
Ed: An Evening with Mal Pope is performing at Coast Italia on 25th March call 01792 654366 to book your place.