An Italian boy finds hope in the idea of fighting for a Fascist Italy. His determination is successful in providing his strength, but at the cost of some heavy realisations.
Suitable for Age 16 +
Il Burattino begins in April 1942 and tells the story of Tino, an orphan native to Varallo Sesia, in Northern Piedmont, Italy. Having always been perceived as the weaker one next to his older friend Romero, the boy is anxious to break away from his brotherly protection to carve out a life for himself. Romero wants the two to escape the draft by hiking into neutral Switzerland, but propaganda has secretly fed Tino the hope and inspiration he needs to go his own way, which leads to him joining the 2nd Infantry Division in Novara, bound for the bleak Eastern front.
With him, he brings a puppet, il burattino (in Italian), which was a birthday gift from his friend, Milana, who adores the boy. The puppet is a constant source of entertainment for other soldiers, as the boy uses it to boost morale through imitating the king and Mussolini in ways that become increasingly derogatory and slanderous as conditions worsen. Partly because of this, a companionship is formed between Tino and an older soldier named Virgil.
DATES AND TIMES
Thur 25 May @ 4:25pm
Fri 26 May @ 4:25pm
Sat 27 May @ 4:25pm
Sun 28 May @ 4:25pm
RUNNING TIME: 70min
The Rotunda Theatre
Artistic Director - Miguel Mota
Production and Finance Manager - Inês Linhares Silva
Light and Sound Designer - Kieran Chambers
Dramaturg - Morgan Turner
Photographer - Ella Sharma
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