Dr Ian Rutt
Becoming Human – Pinocchio Retold tells the story of the world's most famous puppet, set against the demands and prerogatives of modern Western society. Following his footsteps from birth to adulthood, we are invited to see through his eyes what it means to become socialised. Though Pinocchio is shaped in mind and body to fit into society, as an individual he still struggles to find meaning, love, and identity. This tragicomedy takes an unflinching look at social values and structures, while inviting the audience to laugh and be mesmerised by a caravan of characters (all played by Muzzioli and Soinila). The play poses questions about what makes up our core identity as humans and how we can deal with modern life - questions that Pinocchio grapples with throughout the play, and eventually comes to terms with.
The central theme of Becoming Human – Pinocchio Retold is a journey of self-discovery, where the secrets of Pinocchio’s true self are revealed.
Led by: Dr Ian Rutt (Director of Music), Alice Muzzioli and Inari Soinila (writers/performers) and Atillio Zilli (sound design)
In partnership with: Volcano Theatre
This event is part of the Being Human festival, the UK’s only national festival of the humanities, taking place 14–23 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For further information please see www.beinghumanfestival.org.
Contact: Cultural Institute (Email: email@example.com) - Telephone: 01792 295190