Liolà by Luigi Pirandello
The Crescent Theatre
Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8AE.
£10 over 60s, under 16s
Directed by Nell Bailey
Casting by Danièle Sanderson
It’s a wise child that knows its own father
Pirandello’s pastoral comedy written in 1916 asks us to question what ‘natural’ behaviour is. In the Sicilian countryside of its setting, fecundity is a matter of great importance.
The men want heirs for their land and the women want to be mothers, but what do these roles really require and how does one negotiate what parenthood in such a close knit and intimate community might actually mean?
Nineteenth century morals are entangled with, contradicted and overwhelmed by an older, wilder, more Bacchanalian and ultimately more honest approach to existence.
An amateur performance by kind permission of Nick Hern Books.