Mario Pirovano is an energy force to be reckoned with. A close collaborator of Nobel prize-winner Dario Fo since 1983, Mario has translated his most famous one-man plays into English and performs them all over the world. In the style of a medieval jester Mario brings to life Fo’s plays – Francis the Holy Jester, Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas and his central work, the well-known Mistero Buffo.
The stories told by Dario Fo and interpreted in English by Mario Pirovano address the startling issues of today. They uphold the dignity of the poor, the oppressed and those shunned by society. They reflect through a comedic and spiritual perspective the ills that we confront each day, that we read about and experience personally. The stories are in the ancient Italian style of Commedia dell’Arte.
Mario Pirovano first encountered Dario Fo at one of his performances in London and has worked at his side ever since. He was been recognised as a translator by Dario Fo who has appointed him to carry on with translations of his other plays and which he will do following the sad death of Dario Fo in October 2016.
Mario is available to perform Dario Fo's one-man plays and to lead workshops - no set or props required. The joy of the performance is in Mario's animated, physical story-telling. By special arrangement it may be possible to mount an exhibition of Dario Fo's paintings in conjunction with performances of the plays.
Video excerpt - Mistero Buffo
Video excerpt - Francis the Holy Jester
Video excerpt - Johan Padan and the Discovery of the Americas