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Italian Theatre Festival Announces Lineup

On the 30th and 31st August, Print Room at the Coronet will present the Italian Theatre Festival in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute in London, sponsored by Ersel, and curated by Monica Capuani.

Over two days, four theatre works featuring distinguished authors, playwrights and actors, and a talk, will be presented on the main stage and in the bar.


Mistero Buffo by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo.

Novecento by renowned writer Alessandro Baricco translated by Ann Goldstein.

Hanno Tutti Ragione by Academy Award winner Paolo Sorrentino featuring Iaia Forte.

The Premiere of But Why? Ma Perche?? by Gilles Aufray and Marcello Magni.


Writing for Literature and Theatre, which features Gilles Aufray, Emaunuele Trevi and Ben Okri.

More Information About the Plays:

All theatre performances are in Italian with English surtitles, except for But Why? Ma Perche?, which will be in English.

30 August 5pm


Written by Paolo Sorrentino Directed by Iaia Forte
With Iaia Forte

An episode of Paolo Sorrentino's novel Hanno Tutti Ragione, adapted for the stage.
'Larger than life' Neapolitan singer Tony Pagoda is in his dressing room in New York, about to give the most important concert of his career, performing for Frank Sinatra at Radio City Music Hall.

Fuelled by alcohol and cocaine, Pagoda's musical performance takes the audience on his own powerful journey through memories, glimmers of enlightenment, love and anguish, all set to a beautiful musical score.

After the extraordinary international success of The Great Beauty, award-winning Italian actress Iaia Forte works with Sorrentino once again, this time in the role of a man.

'The idea of adapting the character of Tony for the stage was born out of love. I gave two staged readings of the novel and enjoyed embodying this character and enacting the beautiful words of the book so much that I wanted to convert it into a play. This singer, a cocaine addict, desperate and vital, is a character so beyond gender stereotypes that they can easily be performed by a woman. I like to think that Pagoda's bragging sneer hides a feminine soul, a naivety, and a desire for a lost harmony. But then again, the theatre is a place where, luckily, we can ban naturalism and expand the boundaries of our fantasy.'

Production Pierfrancesco Pisani and OffRome. In collaboration with Infinitos.r.l and Nido di Ragno production and distribution

30 August 8pm


Written by Alessandro Baricco Directed by Gabriele Vacis With Eugenio Allegri

Eugenio Allegri has been telling the story of Danny Boodman T.D. Lemon Novecento since 1994. An extremely popular and successful monologue, it has received over 500 performances in Italy and Europe, and been seen by over 200,000 people.

Best-selling author Alessandro Baricco is one of the most translated writers in the world, and his book has sold more than a million copies. It has also been adapted into a film by Giuseppe Tornatore, La leggenda del pianistasull'oceano, with Tim Roth in the leading role.

Allegri recounts how the play first came about: "In the courtyard of Vacis' house, between the end of August and the beginning of September, while the barbecue scorches pieces of beef that are still in full possession of their mental faculties, an author and an actor have a witty exchange with a director. "So, what do you think? Is this pianist getting off the boat or not?" asks the author. The director and the actor give each other a puzzled glance, as if to say: "Well, he's the one who gets paid for writing, isn't he?..." Four months later, on January 27th, the first mind-blowing pages of Novecento, the theatre monologue, come back from Paris together with Baricco.

Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro Nazionale Societa? cooperativa Artquarium

31 August 4pm


Written by Dario Fo Directed by Eugenio Allegri With Matthias Martelli

Dario Fo 'who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the down-trodden' reads the explanatory statement of the Nobel Prize awarded to him in 1997. Mistero Buffo is considered his masterpiece.

Eugenio Allegri directs Matthias Martelli, a talented young actor of the Teatro della Caduta, in this popular jester play, which has been the inspiration for the story-telling theatre of the last twenty years.

'In Mistero Buffo, the actor is alone on stage, with no deceptions, aiming to involve the audience in the theatrical action. Our work originates from a form of theatre which, through body language rendered by sound, with onomatopoeia, with sudden shifts of the rhythm, with mime and the actor's striking gesticulations, moves from story-telling to interpretation or even just evocation

of the characters, converting them, as needed, from servant to master, from destitute to wealthy, from Saint to crook, to illustrate feelings, reactions, relations of that sacred and profane performance called Commedia dell'arte' Eugenio Allegri

Production by Teatro Stabile di Torino - Teatro NazionaleTeatro della Caduta. In collaboration with Teatro Fonderia Leopolda and Comune di Follonica. Under the patronage of the Italian Ministry of Culture, Heritage and Activities and Tourism

31 August 6.15pm

Writing for Literature and Theatre

A talk with Gilles Aufray, Ben Okri and Emanuele Trevi will take place in the theatre's intimate bar.

31 August 8pm


An evening with Marcello Magni (in English)

Created by Marcello Magni, Gilles Aufray (writing) and Oliver Barwell-Aufray (music) presenting a work in progress for a future show... in which anything could happen!

Little sketches from stories: read, told and improvised on stage...

A man - a relative of Nasrudin, the wise fool from Persia - returns home after a long trip abroad to find himself in front of a wall. He has never seen a wall so big or so long. But why has a wall been built across the desert? He can no longer reach his home!

Trying to understand the absurd predicament in which he finds himself, our man tells stories about walls: solid ones like the one he finds himself in front of, invisible walls that separate reason and madness and inescapable ones between life and death. He asks himself: "Which side of the wall am I on?"

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