CIAO! Italy with 'Mr Fagiolo'

A Celebration of Immigration!

A fun, unique and educational portrayal of a true story based on an Italian mans journey to Australia.

This presentation is a fun, educational & very funny portrayal of a true story based on an Italian mans journey to Australia from his home Italy. An interactive presentation with a man and his suitcase as he shares his story.

This program offers participants to explore the history of immigration, Italian culture in such a unique and interactive way.

Italian School Program

Available throughout the year

Duration - 50 minutes - can be modified to suit

Year Level - Prep to year 10

Platforms - Comedy, Exhibition, Dance, Workshop

Please contact the team at for details and references


Based on the touring show of CIAO! The touring CIAO show has sparked a teachers demand on providing an incursion program based on this popular true story! It has finally arrived! The program covers various elements including Knowledge, skills, concepts highlighting intercultural understanding.


This presentation highlights an entertaining depiction of immigration which will keep students occupied and engaged throughout the performance.

A fun, educational and interactive activity, where an immigrant shares his story with objects from his suitcase - celebrating culture and its influence on the Australian way of life including food! - triggering discussion around obstacles he faced in a new country, highlighting cultural differences in all formats. A great Multicultural Experience.

About the Show

The show comes with 2 options

Option 1 - One facilitator (50-60 minutes includes Q&A time). Suitable for Incursions. Can be modified to suit. Performance space is flexible, please contact.

Option 2 - Smaller version of the touring show with 3 performers (50 - 90 minutes includes Q&A time). Available as an excursion.

This is a performance based presentation with interaction with the students throughout. The show is flexible as it can be modified for a 50 minute performance or a 90 minute performance. Minimum performance space of 5m depth and 6m width with side access is preferable. Please contact for pricing.

These options offers participants to explore the history of immigration, Italian culture in such a unique and interactive way. Both options come with an energising workshop package which allows students to witness and participate in cultural education including fun traditional folklore dance workshops.

Italian School Show Details

Availability - Throughout the Year

Year Level - Prep - Year 10

Curriculum Areas - The Arts - Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, English, History, Languages, Health And Physical Education

Platforms - Comedy, Exhibition, Dance, Workshop

Themes - Immigration, Intercultural, Australian History, Multi-Culturalism, Italian Culture, Participation, Interactive, Italian, Migration, Educational, Dance, Tarantella, Folk Dancing, Harmony Day, Cultural Diversity Week.

Pricing - Please contact for pricing.

Other - All AV equipment is provided. The show encourages active participation and engagement using various interactive activities Details of the program can be forwarded prior to the performance. A great addition to Cultural Diversity week, Harmony Day or any other world or multicultural event.


With over 100 schools experience, we have a number of contact referees that would be more then happy to chat to you should you require. Our Instructor also comes with an updated Working with children check

"Thanks for your performance today. You presented the topic 'Immigration' in an amusing way that kept them engaged. When l asked the students why they enjoyed the performance they said that it was great the way you included them & they enjoyed the dancing"
Carmel Serruto, St Bernards PS Coburg

"..The children were continuing to dance around the playground at recess One boy commented, that was the best Italian lesson ever .....!!"
Pierina schiavello, St Margaret Marys PS

"Thanks again for a very enjoyable show"
Josie Dell'Aquila, Morang South PS

"Emilio was a brilliant addition to our Italian Day celebration, bringing enthusiasm and authentic Italian culture into his show. All students thoroughly enjoyed his performance engaging and entertaining them through the entire show. He was a laugh to listen to and everyone was full of smiles from Foundation to Grade 6. Students walked out of the session full of praise for Emilio and his performance. Thank you, Emilio!"
Kathryn, Gisborne PS

"Thank you, Emilio it was fun, learning the traditional Italian dance Tarantella and where we got to swing around other peoples arms. We liked seeing other people dance up the front for the demonstration and wearing different props. We enjoyed the part where we learnt about the different types of Italian machines and what they are used for. It was fun and very entertaining; we hope that we can do it again!"
Eliza and Sophie Grade 3, Gisborne PS

""..Emilio is energetic, funny & very personable, & all at our School that have had the pleasure of being involved in his sessions have loved every minute .. I cannot recommend Emilio highly enough!"
Peter Russo, Firbank Grammar School

"The kids really enjoyed the performances! (see below for some of the childrens testimonials)
Anna Ciccone (Marian College)

"During LOTE week this year, the year 7's and 8's experienced both Indonesian and Italian performances. Personally we loved the Italian one as it was full of humour, but we also learnt how to say words in Italian and about the Italian culture. In the Italian performance we were lucky enough to have Emilio and his partner present his fathers' migration story... All students were entertained by his humour and how he interacted with us. We were able to go up on stage and assist him with his performance and it made us feel a part of his story. We were very lucky to have him as our Italian performer and he hope to see him soon!"
Dimitra and Ari (Students from Marian College)

"We think the Italian performer, Emilio, was an excellent performer. He showed us the story about his father and how the Italian immigrated to Australia. We gained a clear understanding of the hardships they had to go through and the culture of Italy. We also learnt some new words and expressions in Italian. It was a great day and we learned a lot of new things."
Lina & Taran (Students from Marian College)

"I enjoyed the Italian Performance, because it was very engaging and funny! I learnt how to say some Italian words with the correct accent and now I can annoy my friends with it! I also learnt how to do tradition Italian Dance, which I enjoyed very much! Learning about the History of Italian in Melbourne was very interesting. Now I really want to go to Italy and eat lot of Italian Food, but above all to practice the language!!!"
Julie (Student from Marian College)

"Thank you, Emilio we really enjoyed the part where you put on the slide show because we learnt about you and your family coming out to Australia. We learnt to say some more Italian words that we can use in the classroom. We liked how you showed us some Italian utensils and equipment. It was funny seeing students come up and participate in an act. We loved your show!"
Abby and Sasha Grade 5, Gisborne PS

"It was very funny ...I also liked the dance at the end which was extremely fun. He got everybody to stand up and do a nonsense dance about making sauce, pasta and sausages."
Abbey, 10 years old (attended with her mum to see the CIAO show)

Contact us