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Tue 19th Feb at 7:30pm
Lu Jullàre Saint Francis
@ Capstone Theatre, Liverpool
Featuring: Mario Pirovano
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Lu Jullàre Saint Francis: Mario Pirovano
This February will see self-taught actor Mario Pirovano perform Dario Fo’s beautifully crafted monologue, Lu Jullàre Saint Francis (Francis the Holy Jester). The former apprentice of Dario Fo, and exceptionally talented performer, will take to the stage in the one man show based on the life of the colourful St Francis of Assisi. This will be the first time the play in its English translation will have been performed in Central England (and certainly in Liverpool).
Bringing to life the different characters from 13th century Italy - from popes and cardinals to soldiers and traders, Francis the Holy Jester relies on the imagination of the audience and the skill of the lone performer to bring each and every character to life.
A show that is both comic and moving, weaving the story of colorful Italian Catholic preacher, and self-proclaimed Jester of God, St Francis of Assisi through some of the pivotal points in his life. Drawing from historic texts and folk stories including reference to an event where Francis spoke to over 5,000 people in Bologna with such power it cause lasting piece for the first time in years. Dario Fo’s works have been translated into many different languages and can be used to reflect political issues outside of the original Italian context. Using Italian Commedia dell’arte style to present characters, Fo’s plays are both highly thought provoking and extremely entertaining.
The timeless story is a perfect for anyone with an imagination who enjoys a great story expertly told with comedy and vivacity, and like all great stories, Francis the Holy Jester has the ability to provoke thought and move an audience. This is a play that truly addresses some fundamental questions about how we express our faith and commitment to Christian principles. It has the timelessness of a great story masterfully told and is full of relevance for our lives today.
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Venue: Capstone Theatre
Phone: 0844 8000 410
→ Lime Street 11 min walk