Ep. 04 | Heaven & Hell

by Cecilia Gragnani |

In this episode we find Cecilia on the verge of a faith crisis: after years of living in the UK, chasing the dream of freedom, diversity and inclusivity that London represents, the events of June 2016 have left her heartbroken. London has always been the place where people felt they could be whoever they want to be, without prejudice and judgement. Will it still be like that in the future? Cecilia tries to shed a light on this matter through the testimonies of atypical religious men and women that work in communities around London. Heaven and Hell at the same time.

Cover image by Giacomo Botto
Music by Epidemic Sound



by Cecilia Gragnani

LONDON EXPAT is the comic story of the encounter between a modern migrant and London – a contemporary El Dorado for young Italians and Europeans. The podcast explores the long road to becoming a British citizen, embracing a new nationality whilst staying true to your roots, and the existential crisis that your identity faces when no country claims you as their own. Performer & British citizen Cecilia Gragnani, with the help of journalist Gabriele Carrer, will share what life in the UK looks like in Brexit times, as the European dream of life across borders slowly drifts away. In her exploration Cecilia interacts with the spirit of London, interpreted by the Drag Queen Jonny Woo, and uses as a guideline the book “Life in the UK”, a compulsory read for aspiring citizens but little known even by the native English people. The story is accompanied by direct testimonies of many expats who have tried, have succeeded or have given up.

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