Mario Pirovano


“… I found him exceptional. Above all he didn’t take me off, he didn’t mimic me. He showed a vitality that was all his own, and the energetic inventiveness of a great story-teller.” (Dario Fo writing about Mario Pirovano performance)

February  2013

“Francis the Holy Jester” by Dario Fo


Ireland and England


‘ “Francis the Holy Jester” a masterpiece of wit, spiritual insight, and inspiration’ Peter Feldmeier, Professor and Murray/Bacik Chair of Catholic Studies at the University of Toledo,  October 26, 2012

‘It is hard to imagine a human other than Pirovano so fully embracing and expressing the words of the iconoclastic Fo… electric, engaging performance…’

Tom Missel, Olean Times Herald, October 4, 2012 ‘This production is the most entertaining and funny history lesson you could hope to see, given a captivating performance by the charismatic Pirovano.’ David Chadderton ***** British Theatre Guide ‘Pirovano’s performance, and his ability, are astounding… I recommend it whole-heartedly and completely.’ Chris Hislop ***** Fringe Review ‘a charismatic storyteller, brilliant actor, and passionate translator… it was an excellent performance.’ Minka Paraskevova ***** FringeGuru ‘…this was a great piece of theatre, it had mediaeval humour, pathos and real unique artistic craftsmanship.’ John Ritchie ***** ‘… this wonderful show performed with exquisite timing and exuberance… worth seeing and even giving it a second visit.’ Neil McEwans **** Evening news ‘Deeply entertaining theatrical experience. One not to be missed.’ Chris Wright **** Three Weeks ‘Mario Pirovano transported his audience to medieval Italy, and created an unforgettable encounter with Francis of Assisi. Pirovano’s evocation of history was impeccable.’ Miri Rubin, Department of History, Queen Mary, University of London


So eclectic and funny A religious Billy Connolly without the [offensive] language! Lively, absorbing, spontaneous and different! Extremely gifted and talented actor Fascinating story teller Energetic, unusual and brave A magical one man show A most unusual and memorable performance