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Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Italian Theatre Season-

Francis, the Holy Jester by Dario Fo


Francis, the Holy Jester by Dario FoFrancis, the Holy Jester: By Dario Fo

Translated and performed by Mario Pirovano

In this world premiere of the English translation of Dario Fo’s Lu Santo Jullare Francesco, a whole range of characters from 13th Century Italy are brought to life before us; Popes and Cardinals, Dukes and Duchesses, traders and peasants and soldiers on battle fields, as this most renowned and colourful of Holy men journeys through medieval Italy bringing the word of God to the people in his own remarkable way. He preaches in town squares, in market places, in farm-yards and fields. His sermons are so powerful, so resonant that he, at times, changes the course of history. The play celebrates this remarkable life and its continuing impact and relevance to us today.

At the Italian Cultural Institute  - London,  Wednesday 13 May (in Italian)   7.30pm
At the italian Cultural Institute  - London,  Thursday     14 May (in English)  7.30pm

Dario Fo is perhaps one of the most  interesting Italy’s living playwright and has written scores of plays which are performed in over 50 countries worldwide. He has also published books on history and art and is a stage and costume designer, performer and director, and an accomplished and prolific painter. In 1997, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. He is married to Franca Rame, one time Senator in the Italian parliament, performer and writer. His plays reflect his tremendous humanity and commitment to social justice, the power of our physical language and spoken word to question convention and to expose the truth. They are plays that sing out the importance of our connecting with each other through our shared experience of joy and laughter.

After a chance meeting in London over 25 years ago Fo and Pirovano formed a close bond, and they have worked together ever since. Based near Perugia in the heart of Umbria, Pirovano is supported by Teatro Mancinelli in Orvieto. He regularly performs Fo’s works across the length and breadth of Italy and across the world in South America, Asia and Australia. Pirovano has translated the original text to create a wonderfully evocative journey through Francis’ life celebrating it with humour, pathos and tremendous humanity.

Don’t miss the World Premiere of Francis, the Holy Jester – a piece of theatrical history in the making.

Mario Pirovano » Francis the Holy Jester


5th - 9th May, 7.30 Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells - Box Office: 01892 678 678
13th May, 7.30pm  Italian Cultural Institute, (in Italian) London - Booking: 020 7396 4406
14th May, 7.30pm  Italian Cultural Institute (in English) London - Booking: 020 7396 4406
17th May, 7.30pm The Studio , Petersfield - Box Office: 01730 234641
4th June, 7.30pm Trestle Arts Base, St. Albans - Box Office: 01727 850 950
5th June, 6.30pm Queen Mary's College,  London - Box Office:
9th June, 7.30pm Theatre Royal, Margate - Box Office: 0845 130 1786
11th June, 7.30pm  South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell - Box Office: 01344 484 123
23rd October, 7.30pm CANCELLED!!!



Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Opening times: 7,30pm

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute and nationwide, see above

Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute

In collaboration with: Trinity Theatre

Ticket: £10, Concession £7 (members Italian Cultural Institute) Booking: 020 7396 4406


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