6 PINOCCHIO’S freely inspired by Lorenzini and Pirandello

No Peace Without Justice

6 Characters copy

“BABABOBOA” Festival first appointment is a piece called “6 PINOCCHIO’s” ALL SOUL production Theatre and MT Actor Studio production in collaboration with TADU’ Art and Exhibition Center.

The 18-19-20 January 2013 the performance will be displayed at ALL SOUL Chamber Theatre and on the 25-26 January 2013 at the Thailand Guitar Society. The performance has gotten an invitation to be performed during the World Symposium on Global Encounters in Southeast Asian Performing Arts, co-hosted by Bangkok University, Thailand and University of Victoria, Canada. ( 1-3 February 2013). Saturday 2 February 2013 the event will take place at 7 pm representing the International Theatre Section of the Symposium.

“6 Pinocchio’s” is freely inspired by the Adventures of Pinocchio of Carlo Lorenzini alias Collodi and the “Six Characters in Search of an Author” of Luigi Pirandello.



Six superior puppets (marionette) just get off from an ancient wardrobe after a long sleep of centuries. They are surprised, everything is not like before. They may learn and study the new reality around them and, maybe, find some audience to tell stories with sincerity, because our Pinocchios can lie, but only when they can’t avoid doing that.

Philosophy and Concepts

Those texts look only apparently far each other, as the common believe is that Pinocchio is a children’s tale and the 6 Characters is a research of sincere realism in opposition of the pessimistic relativism that aims Pirandello’s philosophy. This is partially true if we think in “literature” way, referring only to the two books.

In theatre way the approaches of the two writers represent, for both of them, an innovative way to refresh our Italian main performing tradition: La Commedia dell’Arte.


Pinocchio is one of the youngest Commedia full body mask. The intelligent and metaphorical chapter of the Adventure when Pinocchio went to the theatre represents his entrance on stage of the longest Theatre tradition ever seems. Inside of the marionette’s theatre owned by the master puppet “Mangiafuoco”, Pinocchio met all his “brothers and sisters and well knows Commedia’s stars as Colombina, Arlecchino and  Pulcinella: from that moment, Pinocchio is a Commedia’s mask.

But Pinocchio is even much more than this. He represents one of the more interesting witnesses of the Italy unity process with all its challenges and its contradictions. Pinocchio is a sincere naughty marionette without string, so without control. His anarchist way to learn from his adventures is clearly in opposition to a new political system looking for order and discipline. By the way, problems don’t come only from one side and for Pinocchio there is not peace without justice.


The “Six Characters in Search of an Author” is an absurdist metatheatrical play about the relationship between authors, their characters and audience.  Pirandello’s idea to build some characters living as “characters” all life, is one of the more both magic and tragic intuition of the story of this Art. Pirandello direction on the script suggest even that Characters may dress some mask: do only characters deserve to be eternal because of their deep sincerity? And what kind of mask Pirandello is looking for:  maybe Pinocchio?


This is the way of the “6 Pinocchio’s” looking for …. An Author maybe, but even looking much more for justice, pace and love in this ugly and unfair time.


About khunmau

Writer, actor and director of Theatre and Multimedia
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