Ep. 01 | The Decision
By Cecilia Gragnani | In the shadow of Brexit, the first episode of LONDON EXPAT explores the reasons why many European citizens decided to venture to London in search of fortune, their expectations and desires, the drive to leave as well as the first impact when arriving in the city. It will be London itself, through the welcoming but yet unforgiving voice of a drag queen (performed by Jonny Woo), that will welcome Cecilia and her friends into their new home, sharing wisdom on how to survive and navigate the chaos and the shimmering lights of the English bubble. Through the testimonies and contributions of citizens from all over Europe we tell the story of what drives them to leave and why more than 3 million Europeans have been choosing London for decades.
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.

  • Marta
    Posted at 13:24h, 29 Gennaio Rispondi

    Sorry, I write in italian
    Grazie per questo bel podcast, parlato cosi bene, in un inglese chiaro e mi sembra, una pronuncia ottima.
    Ho capito quasi tutto.
    Aspetto i prossimi episodi.

  • Chiara
    Posted at 21:55h, 28 Febbraio Rispondi

    Che bello! Great podcast! Beautiful work Cecilia : you are an inspiration!

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