“Aren’t you sick of being this sort of brainless creature? Who doesn’t think, who ends up in jail, this rather ridiculous thing, not to put too fine a point on it—in a word, this puppet?” The Fairy, in Pinocchio by Joël Pommerat
“Nothing is more important than living your truth.”
This version of Pinocchio traces a vile, ungrateful puppet’s journey toward becoming human. Stripping the familiar story of its marvellous bestiary, the play exposes the harsh reality at its core, in all its troubling strangeness. An extraordinary piece of theatre, the kind only Joël Pommerat can carve.
Carved out of a tree trunk by a poor, lonely old man, Pinocchio comes to life for the first time. But the impudent and cruel child refuses to educate himself, seeking only constant and effortless entertainment … until a very elegant fairy and a stint in the belly of a monster awaken his longing to be human. In a carnival atmosphere, with stage effects that alternately delight and disturb, theatre alchemist Joël Pommerat and Compagnie Louis Brouillard tell “the true story” of the puppet imagined by Carlo Collodi.